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.
Contact:  Elias Saratovsky, Regional Director, (713)871-1891

Austin-Area Anti-Defamation League

For over 100 years, the ADL mission has been to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all.” ADL protects security and civil rights for all, works with law enforcement to investigate possible hate incidents and extremist groups, and offers anti-bias education opportunities, including its No Place for Hate® school program. As an outgrowth of the successful No Place for Hate® campaign, ADL Austin has launched a workplace anti-bias program called Community of Respect®.  ADL also offers a leadership program – the Glass Leadership Institute – for young leaders in the community looking to gain a deeper insight into the work of ADL.  
Contact: (512) 249-7960

Austin Jewish Business Network (JBN)
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, (512) 587-5824

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, or 512-345-6144 Information: YouTube,  and Facebook.

Jewish National Fund 

Jewish National Fund was established more than 100 years ago by a small group of leaders, including Theodor Herzl. By purchasing plots of land, they hoped to establish the groundwork for the birth of our nation of Israel. JNF continues to make a commitment to the land and people in the 21st century. While we still plant trees and create parks, our organization does so much more. Our focus areas include Community Building, Research & Development, Zionist Education, Accessibility & Therapeutic Services, Water Renewal, Heritage Sites, and Forestry & Green Innovations. JNF gives all generations of Jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people. www.jnf.orgJNFuture is the gateway for the next generation to JNF (ages 22-40). Contact: Arielle Levy, Director, Austin, Waco, & San Antonio, 512.410.1438x946 or

Jewish Singles 40 and Up

Jewish Singles Ages 40-60 Meet-up. Join our Austin Jewish Singles 40 +Group on Facebook.

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, 306-8239

Git Nu-Jewish Culture Austin

Git Nu is a publication about Jewish and Jew-ish culture based out of Austin, Texas. 

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,  Membership Contact: Leslie Suez, 512-301-3930,
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 or Geri Scheer, Co-President at 512-864-0212 or

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 or contact  For loan information contact

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 or

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.

Jewish War Veterans of the United States

Austin Post 757 membership is open to male and female veterans who were regularly enlisted, drafted, inducted or commissioned, and who were accepted for and assigned to active duty in the armed forces of the United States of America during of any of the nation’s wars, campaigns, conflicts.  This includes the National Guard and Reserves.  This includes all service service in or out of combat operations. Jews on active duty are eligible for free membership. Austin Post 757 meets at 10 AM on the third Sunday of each month at the Dell Jewish Community Campus. Contact: Chuck Mandelbaum, Commander, 512-212-7393,

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 that strengthen women’s economic security at all ages, with a particular focus on improving college affordability, combatting pay inequity and ensuring the long-term solvency of Social Security.

J Street Austin

J Street Austin is the local affiliate of J Street, the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans, who want Israel to be secure, democratic and the national home of the Jewish people. Through our work in American politics and the Jewish community, we advocate for policies that advance shared US and Israeli interests and Jewish and democratic values. Join J Street Austin for open, honest discussion, insightful speakers and political action. Learn why a two-state resolution remains the best option to keep Israel the secure, democratic homeland of the Jewish people. Contact: Charlotte McCann, Chair, J Street Austin: 512-826-4578 or Twitter@JStreetAustin