Community Organizations

Adult Senior Group at Congregation Shir Ami

Open to the whole community. Transportation provided to events. Social gatherings quarterly from dinners/speakers/Wine Country bus tours/Hill Country Flier rides. Contact Pearl Kopita at 337-7515.

American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is the only American organization whose principal mission is to lobby the U.S. government about legislation that strengthens the relationship between the United States and Israel.  www.aipac.org
Contact:  Elias Saratovsky, Regional Director SWreg@aipac.org, (713)871-1891

Austin-Area Anti-Defamation League

For nearly 100 years, the ADL mission has been to "stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure jsutice and fair treatment for all." ADL protects security and civil rights for all, works with law enforcement to investigate possible hate incidents and extremest groups, and offers anti-bias education opportunities, including its No Place for Hate schools program.  It also offers a Summer Educators' Institute and the Glass Leadership Institute for young leaders.  www.adl.org
Contact: 249-7960 

Austin Jewish Business Network (JBN)

www.austinjbn.org
Meetings: Third Tues. Monthly, EXCEPT June, July, Aug. and Dec.
Location: Cafe Express, 3418 N Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78705
Cost: $5 per meeting
Austin Jewish Business Network provides monthly opportunities to network for business as well as interact socially. We are a supportive system for giving and receiving business referrals, finding jobs or employees & interns for members of the Jewish community. Monthly meetings feature a speaker focused on a topic of interest, as well as plenty of time for networking and social interaction all designed to help your business grow and develop life long relationships. Participation in the Austin Jewish Business Network allows you access to a database of job listings and a business directory listing. Find us on the following social networks: Linked-In, Meet-Up, FB, Yahoogroups. Sign up today! Contact: Jody Lockshin, chair jody@austinjbn.org, (512) 587-5824

Austin Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Founded in 2000, the coalition is under the leadership of Jewish Family Service, National Council of Jewish Women,
and Jewish Women International. The coalition consists of Austin area organizations, congregations, and interested individuals, with assistance from SafePlace and Texas Council on Family Violence. The goals are to raise awareness about relationship abuse in the Jewish community, advocate for solutions, support victims and their families, and work toward prevention.  Meets monthly.
Contact: Ellen Sable 306-8239 or email ersable@austin.rr.com

B’nai B’rith International 

B'nai B’rith is a community service, advocacy and humanitarian organization open to women and men. Dues support B’nai B’rith’s work as a Non-Governmental Organization at the United Nations in New York, in Geneva and foreign capitals throughout the world. B’nai B’rith International is the largest nonprofit sponsor of nonsectarian, low-income senior housing, serving more than 8,000 residents in 43 markets in the United States. It is a leader in humanitarian missions to Cuba and other countries. Contact: Chuck Kaufman, charlesok@cs.com or 512-345-6144 Information: YouTube,  www.bnaibrith.org  and Facebook.

Jewish Singles 40 and Up

Social group for Jewish singles age 40 and up. Meets at 5 p.m. on second Sun. at Central Market, N. Lamar Boulevard and West 40th Street.
At least one social activity a month. Contact: Lital Yaacob at (512) 735-8076 or e-mail lital.yaacob@shalomaustin.org.

Faith in Action Caregivers — West Austin

Coalition of congregations including Agudas Achim and Jewish Community Association of Austin, offering services to older adults, including transportation, minor home repairs and errands. Flexible hours; training provided.
Contact: Jeanie Teel, Executive Director, at 472-6339.
Information: Ellen Sable at ersable@austin.rr.com, 306-8239

Git Nu-Jewish Culture Austin

Git Nu is a publication about Jewish and Jew-ish culture based out of Austin, Texas. 
Information: http://gitnu.tumblr.com/

Hadassah/Austin Chapter

The Austin Chapter of Hadassah comprises of more than 700 women and male associate members. Programs support Israel and enrich American Jewish life and include the award-winning program Al Galgalim: Training Wheels, which provides young families with Jewish holiday education; an ongoing Torah Study; Mah Jongg groups; holiday gatherings; special events, speakers; and luncheons. The chapter also holds an annual Gift Bazaar. All funds raised support Hadassah’s projects in Israel: Hadassah Medical Organization, Hadassah College Jerusalem, Youth Aliyah, Jewish National Fund and Young Judaea.
Local chapter info: Chapter President - Jenn Siegal, jennsiegal@austin.rr.com.  Membership Contact: Leslie Suez, 512-301-3930, leslie.suez@gmail.com.
Facebook “Austin Chapter of Hadassah.”

Hadassah/Kadima Chapter

Covers Sun City and Georgetown area; open to entire community. The Kadima Chapter supports the programs of the Hadassah national organization. The chapter also celebrates Jewish holidays and has a Rosh Chodesh program. Meetings dealing with women’s health issues are open to the community. Contact Sarah Christiansen, Co-President at 512-868-3504   sarahlmc@suddenlink.net or Geri Scheer, Co-President at 512-864-0212 or gerischeer@gmail.com.

Hebrew Free Loan Association (HFLA)

The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Austin provides confidential financial support. Their mission is to provide micro-loans for those in the Austin Jewish Community that need help making payments for housing, transportation, healthcare including medical and dental emergencies, and more. For more information on applying for a loan or to make a donation, visit hfla.org or contact info@hfla.org.  For loan information contact loans@hfla.org.

Israeli Corner

New in town or just want to connect with the Hebrew speaking community? The Israeli Corner will keep you updated with all Israeli related events.  Provides information about restaurants, social gatherings, guest lectures and housing. For more information, contact aliza.orent@shalomaustin.org or lital.yaacob@shalomaustin.org.

J-Grads - Jewish Graduate Student Association at the University of Texas

J-Grads is an organization dedicated to serving Jewish graduate students, professional students and recent graduates who reside in the University of Texas area. We build community through career-networking, happy hours, holiday celebrations, Jewish learning, service projects, Shabbat dinners, and speakers.
Information: http://www.facebook.com/hone.php#/group.php?gid=27988484785

Jewish War Veterans of the United States

Austin Post 757 membership: male and female veterans of all wars in which Jews have served; Jews on active duty eligible for free membership. Meets 10 a.m. on third Sunday at Dell Jewish Community Campus. http://www.dtalojwv.net/main/post757.php
Contact: Bob Kaplan, Commander, 748-8723, jwvaustin@gmail.com

Jewish Women International

Jewish Women International works to ensure safe homes, healthy relationships and strong women. JWI has convened four international conferences on domestic abuse in the Jewish community, and its monthly National Alliance conference calls bring the latest information about abuse to professionals and lay leaders. Mother’s Day Flower Project tribute cards send bouquets to more than 100 shelters, many of which house a JWI Library for children. LifeSavings, a financial literacy program for young women and teens, is JWI’s latest effort to prepare women for healthy relationships. JWI is part of the Austin Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Austin-Travis County Family Violence Task Force.
Contact: Diane Radin, JWI National Board of Trustees, 345-0462, d.radin@math.utexas.edu

J Street Austin

Local chapter of pro-Israel, pro-peace group. National grassroots field program aims to broaden and deepen presence of pro-Israel, pro-peace movement in communities across nation.
Information: www.jstreet.org/austin

Mo’adon HaSefer/ Hebrew Book Club

Meets every few months to discuss Hebrew book and author. Potluck supper precedes discussion. Book can be read in English, if available, but discussion in Hebrew.
Contact: Iris Rempe irisrempe@aol.com, 327-5553

Mosaic Jewish Outdoor Club

This nonprofit group gives Jews who love the outdoors a chance to share activities with other Jews. Active throughout the year, Mosaic organizes several events per month, including hiking, bicycling, tennis, swimming, boating, outdoor cultural events – or whatever somebody is interested in leading. Volunteer leaders determine the nature, frequency, location and pace of events; all levels are welcome. www.austinmosaicoutdoor.org and http://www.meetup.com/judaism
Contact: Maurie Ommerman, President 587-3032 or maurieo@juno.com or Bruce Corman, Activities 636-6999 or brucecorman@yahoo.com.

NCJW/Austin Section

Taking a stand on public policy and legislative issues that affect women, children and families is the heart of NCJW Austin’s work. They educate via monthly networking events, with speakers on current topics relating to our mission. NCJW tracks key issues on the local, state and national levels. They mobilize and join with coalition partners who share our interests. Through the group’s Transitions to Success program, their partnership with the local No Place for Hate Youth Summit, their participation with Storybook Project and their activism in public affairs, NCJW Austin is involved in multiple community projects that help improve the lives of others in Austin’s Jewish community and in the community at large.  Information: www.ncjwaustin.org or www.ncjw.org. NCJW/Austin Section President: Melanie Cox, E-mail HEALING-MELANIE@msn.com.

National Jewish Democratic Council

NJDC maximizes Jewish support for Democrats at the federal and state levels of government.  NJDC also educates Democratic elected officials and candidates to increase support for Jewish domestic and foreign policy priorities.  They promote both social justice in America and a secure, democratic Jewish State of Israel.  www.njdc.org
Contact: David A. Harris, President and CEO, davidharris@njdc.org

Republican Jewish Coalition

The Republican Jewish Coalition, founded in 1985, seeks to foster and enhance ties between the American Jewish community and Republican decisionmakers. Members work to sensitize Republican leadership in government and the party to the concerns and issues of the Jewish community, while articulating and advocating Republican ideas and policies within the Jewish community. They are committed to building a strong, effective and respected Jewish Republican voice in Washington and across the nation. www.rjchq.org
Contact: Louise Epstein, president, 502-0300, epsteinlouise@gmail.com

Second Sixty

Seniors group at Congregation Beth Israel. Open to all in Jewish community. “Learn & Lunch”: third Thursday, September-May, in Smith Auditorium at Beth Israel. Reservations or rides: 454-6806.
Information: Judith Helburn at 454-7229

Selah-A Soulful New Shabbat Community in South Austin

Selah was born out of a desire to reimagine Jewish life in South Austin. The group seeks to create a living Judaism that is infused with the wisdom of the tradition and yet experienced in radically new ways. Selah yearns to create a South Austin community that is vibrant and meaningful, informal, soulful and committed to issues of social justice. The group is sponsored by Congregation Agudas Achim and an IF grant from the Jewish Community Association of Austin.
Contact: Rabbi Rochel Kobrin, rabbikobrin@caa-austin.org | 512.735.8484
Information: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Selah/217908001571943?sk=wall

Texas Jewish Historical Society

Collects, preserves, publishes and disseminates material about settlement and history of Jews in Texas and their participation in its social, economic, religious, political, professional and cultural growth.
Information: P.O. Box 10193, Austin 78766-0193; editor@txjhs.org or www.txjhs.org

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