Efforts to support the Jewish community after the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey are in full force. We are tremendously grateful to all those who have reached out in support of our Congregation.
One of our goals is to make our synagogue building habitable by the High Holy Days, if possible. The damage we incurred is simply overwhelming. Sewage water flooded our entire building, at points, as deep as 4 feet. All of the seats in our sanctuaries and chapel probably will require replacement. We lost over 1,000 Siddur Lev Shalem Shabbat Prayer Books and Etz Hayim Humashim. Demolition of dry wall and removal of carpets, doors, and furniture in our entire building has begun and will continue. And while the synagogue maintains the maximum level of flood and building insurance, it simply cannot cover our loss.
As the largest Conservative synagogue in the United States with just under 2000 member families, many of whom lost their own homes in the devastation, our families are looking to Beth Yeshurun for comfort. Holding services in our own building as soon as possible would enable us to embrace our community in the most supportive and holy manner possible. To do so, our renovation efforts have already begun.
For those who are able to support the Beth Yeshurun Recovery Fund, click here
Without an infrastructure from which to work, we are referring all of our members in need to Jewish Family Service and the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, for social services, emergency living funds and cleanup essentials. We are so thankful to these two organizations for their outstanding work in our community. To support their efforts, we invite you to donate to them directly at JFS and Jewish Federation
Thank you for your support and prayers during this very difficult time.
Congregation Beth Yeshurun