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 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. austin.adl.org.  
Contact: (512) 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

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

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 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 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, 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