All in Profiles
I have always been a person that’s been involved in some way in the community. I can remember as far back as high school. When I first came to Austin there weren’t the number of organizations that there are now, and it was important to me to get involved in order to meet other Jewish people.
When Corey Schwartz learned last year that Shalom Austin was looking for a new COO, he was excited about the position’s potential scale of impact and, with recently appointed CEO Rabbi Daniel Septimus, working for an organization in transition, with a focus on excellence.
Two members of Congregation Beth Israel were recently recognized for their local efforts to improve life in Austin. Alison Alter was elected to Austin City Council in the District 10 runoff election in December, and Dr. Kenneth Shine was named a 2016 Austinite of the Year by the Austin Chamber of Commerce.
"I just want people to understand, this is a respectful endeavor, not a gimmick. I hope that people respect that, that they understand I'm proud of who I am and where I come from..."
The Jewish Federation of Greater Austin's Young Adult Division has announced Jerrod Kogut and Samantha Tugentman will receive the 2017 Hineni Award at the eighth annual Milestone Gala on Saturday, February 18.
“I wanted to create things. I was always looking at products and critical of their design and always thought that I could make products better. So I started this company."
The interactions and relationships I have with families, members and my co-workers make every day meaningful.
A delegation from the Texas Jewish Historical Society was amongst more than 900 people dressed in appropriate western attire to witness the first Jewish woman to be inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.
Joshua Levy has taken to the stage as a way to combine his passion for theater and educating children with special needs.
Three weeks before giving birth to her daughter in 2009, Lindsey Gremont started a blog. What was at first meant as a place to store her personal recipes has grown into Homemade Mommy, a blog with 250,000 unique readers each month. She has also authored several books and along with her husband, Evan, and holds the top rank at Young Living Essential Oils.
Liz Solomon misses plenty of things about Austin since moving to New York City in 2006 – authentic Texan friendliness, being able to eat outside most days of the year, margaritas, the sandwich bar at Whole Foods on Sixth Street and even HEB.
But there was one thing she missed so much she had to recreate it in New York -- breakfast tacos.
Community member Shay Millheiser is giving viewers around the country a glimpse of Austin’s hot real estate market on HGTV’s “Flipping Austin,” a pilot that first aired September 11.
Alexander Ziskind Gurwitz wrote his memoir, “Memories of Two Generations,” between 1930 and 1935 in Yiddish. His work detailed not just his life as a man who emigrated from Yenaveh, Ukraine, in Tsarist Russia to Texas with his wife and four children in 1910, but also a history of Jewish communal life in 19th century Eastern Europe and early 20th century San Antonio, Texas.
Rabbi Daniel Septimus, a fifth generation Houstonian and proud Texan, has been named Shalom Austin’s new Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Jay Rubin, who will be retiring at the end of August after ten years at the helm of the organization.
Lance Olian knows he does not fit America’s stereotype of a Jewish guy. At six foot one inch, weighing in around 240 pounds with about 10 percent body fat, he is a highly competitive power lifter.
Recognize Good: The Foundation, an aptly named nonprofit whose purpose is to affirm and make public the good deeds of local volunteers, recently acknowledged Carole Price’s 21 years of continuous volunteer service to Hospice Austin at its 55th Legends Award Ceremony.