We have made a significant impact on the Houston community through sponsoring major cultural and religious experiences such as Israel Expo ’73, Festival of the Bible in the Arts and the American Jewish Festival.
We have always been a leader in areas of social action and welfare, aiding the homeless, serving the blind and feeding the hungry. Through projects such as Mitzvah Day we have encouraged our members to go out into the community to make a difference in the lives of others, fulfilling our mandate to be “a light unto the nations.”
The two statements which flank our pulpit are, "Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with God," and, "Be a light unto the nations." These statements reflect the dual commitment of Emanu El: to teach its members the values by which Jews live their lives with spiritual meaning through service, and to provide them a place to bring those values to life through service to the Jewish people and all humanity.
For Emanu El, which has grown from its original 190 families to approximately 2000 families, our past is important statement about who we have been and a challenge for what we hope always to be: a vital, vibrant synagogue, dedicated to the survival of Judaism and the Jewish people and doing our part to make the world a little better because we are here.