Austin Lions of Judah Travel to Houston
Austin and Houston Lions of Judah shared a meaningful lunch at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston. Credit: Laykie Donin
By Arielle Levy
On Tuesday, May 7, a group of Lions of Judah from Austin traveled to Houston for a mini mission with a focus on community building and to hear how Houston’s story of recovering from 2017's Hurricane Harvey is Austin’s story too.
The Lions heard from Anita Bormaster, Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston chief development officer, who shared her personal story of escaping her flooding home with her family. She also shared her perspective as a JCC employee and took the Austin group on a tour of the JCC to show off their impressive facility, where the tennis courts became the headquarters for support of the community during the height of recovery efforts. Twenty months after Hurricane Harvey, many families are finally returning to their homes and many are still in the process of rebuilding.
For lunch, the group met with Houston Federation CEO Avital Ingber who talked about the crucial role of the Federation in supporting Houston’s efforts for yesterday, today and tomorrow. A group of Houston Lion of Judah leaders joined the Austin group for lunch. Members of both communities were able to share personal stories of their experience with Federation in their respective cities.
Before heading back to Austin, the Lions visited the Holocaust Museum Houston to visit the exhibition, "In the Country of Numbers, where the men have no names" before the museum moves into its newly renovated facility. ■