Community Organizations/Resources

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:  Danielle Vogl, Associate Area Director (832)380-7705, (713)927-9781 (m)

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)

The Austin Jewish Business Network (AJBN) is a supportive system for giving and receiving business referrals, finding jobs, employees and/or interns.  We provide monthly business networking and social interaction opportunities on the third Tues. from 6:30-8:30pm. Participants must be Jewish, partnered with a Jew and/or members of Shalom Austin (the JCC).  Our AJBN monthly meetings consist of a timely speaker, networking, schmoozing, dinner and door prizes, and exclusively in Dec., June, July and Aug., happy hours with no speaker, and begin at 6pm.  We are here to facilitate perpetual business and personal relationships.  Sign up today on and,  to keep informed of our activities and special offers!
There is no entry fee, thanks to our generous grant from the JCC!  Contact Jody Lockshin, Chairman, 512.587.5824, with questions. 

Austin Shmirah

Shomrim (watchers/protectors/guardians) are people who prayerfully accompany the deceased between death and burial. Through Austin Shmirah, you can choose to serve as a shomer for the deceased of your own congregation only, or for those of the larger Jewish community as well. Please sign up at Your information will be shared only with coordinators at the congregations you choose to partner with. Questions? Contact Gail at or 512-709-3990.

Birthright Israel Foundation

Birthright Israel Foundation raises funds in the United States to support Birthright Israel, a program which currently provides over 48,000 young Jewish adults annually the gift of a 10-day trip to Israel. It is our goal to ensure the gift of Birthright Israel continues to strengthen Jewish continuity and provide even more young Jewish adults with a connection to Israel for years to come.
Contact Us: Stuart Newberg, Regional Director, Southwest Region,; 512.346.9229

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

Founded in 1912, Hadassah is the largest Zionist and women’s organization in the U.S. Our vision: To strengthen a connection to Israel with Hadassah leading the way, bringing healing and justice to the world. Connecting and empowering Jewish women to effect change. Hadassah: The Power of Women Who DO.
Local Chapter Info: Deborah H. Roberson, President,  (512) 496-7724, VP of Membership: Loren Paeglis, (281) 615-2093, Follow us on 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. 
Marian Kobrin, President,, (512) 943-4165  
Maurine Rothschild, Vice President/Membership,, (512) 591- 7113.

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

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

Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce

Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization which works to expand economic ties between Texas and Israel. The Chamber works closely with the governments and business communities from both states to build economic interdependence. This interdependence is to the benefit of our communities both in terms of economic opportunities as well as providing a strong foundation for our countries' longterm political relationship. The Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce helps Israeli and Texas companies identify partners, customers, and investors within both "Lone Star" states in order to keep our communities close for generations to come. We believe that our business and community leaders are the most important champions for Israel, and that Texas must lead the United States in spearheading collaborative programs which support innovation, shared prosperity, and social welfare for all. We also believe that the best tool to fight the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement is working toward the contrary: Promoting increased investment and trade in Israel.