Jewish Federation of Greater Austin

B'nai Abraham Brenham Historic Synagogue

By any rational standard, B’nai Abraham should have shared the fate of countless other Jewish houses of worship in places where Jewish communities used to exist but no longer do: outright demolition or repurposing as a church, wedding hall, retail store, museum or theater. B’nai Abraham, the oldest synagogue building in Texas, now relocated and renovated in Austin, somehow avoided these fates to resume active life as a place of Jewish worship, learning and celebration in one of the fastest growing and most collaborative and cooperative centers of Jewish life in the Diaspora. It could easily have been otherwise.  READ MORE.

This plaque was palced on the site of the original synagogue (built in1893) in downtown Brenham.

Documentary: Synagogue Saga: A Moving Story in 3 Parts by Ken Herman

Synagogue Saga from Ken Herman on Vimeo.

Read more about the B’nai Abraham Brenham Historic Synagogue below.

November 18, 2015, Ami Magazine, Lone Star: Transplanting Jewish Life in Texas

November 2, 2015 JNS.org  In Austin, 19th-century synagogue meets 21st-century Jewish community

October, 6, 2015 KUT Radio Austin  As Small Jewish Communities Across Texas Disappear, Austin's Keeps Growing

August 31, 2015  Time Warner Cable News: Historic Temple Moves into Austin 

August 30, 2015: Austin-American Statesman: B'Nai Abraham Historic Synagogue Dedication

August 30, 2015 FOX7 News: Good Day!

August 28, 2015 KUT FM: Texas's Oldest Synagogue Becomes Austin's Newest 

August 25, 2015 Jewish Herald Voice Online: Texas’ oldest synagogue building to become Austin’s newest at dedication ceremony

February 18, 2015 Community Impact News Feature Article: Shalom Austin relocates 122-year-old synagogue from Brenham to Austin campus

February 15, 2015 Austin-American Statesman Feature Article: Synagogue Saga: B’nai Abraham’s Most Excellent Road Trip

February 14, 2015 KVUE (ABC) TV Texas' Oldest Synagogue Moves to Austin

December 24, 2014 Tablet Feature Article: Lone Star (of David) Story A ‘moving’ tale of a synagogue being trucked across Texas

December 13, 2014 New York Times Feature Article: Brenham Synagogue to Find New Life in Texas (story also featured in Texas Tribune)

November 2014 Jewish Outlook Feature Article: Inside Outlook: Austin's Altneuschul

October 2014 Austin Monthly Feature Article: Keep the Faith

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Please consider making a contribution to support the B'nai Abraham Brenham Historic Synagogue project. For more information, contact Daniel Septimus at (512) 735-8006.