Welcome Rabbi Kelly Levy
Rabbi Kelly Levy is thrilled to be joining Congregation Beth Israel this summer! Rabbi Levy was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2014 from the New York campus. Throughout rabbinical school, Rabbi Levy served as a student rabbi in Albany, Georgia, an intern in the Mt. Sinai Hospital Palliative Care Unit, a leader in the HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen program, as well as teaching in different religious and Hebrew schools throughout the city. She began her rabbinate in Rochester, New York, where she served as the Assistant and Associate Rabbi of Temple B’rith Kodesh. During that time, Rabbi Levy focused much of her work on pastoral care, teaching both adults and children, leading worship for all generations, and creating innovative programs for the entire congregation and community.
A native of San Antonio (although she was born across the street at Seton Hospital!), Rabbi Levy is ecstatic to be returning to her roots in Texas. Along with her husband, David and their daughter, Ezri, their dog and cat, Frank and Bean, Rabbi Levy knows that CBI’s warmth, passion, and joy for Jewish living makes this incredible congregation and community the absolute best place to continue her rabbinate. Rabbi Levy’s door is always open and she looks forward to meeting the wonderful people who make CBI a true Kehilah Kedosha, a holy community.
At CBI, we are…
CBI Shabbat services are full of joyful singing.
On Simchat Torah, we dance, we sing, and we celebrate starting the cycle anew.
Purim brings out our wilder side: We drown out Haman’s name with enough noise to raise the roof and our Purim Spiel puts the ancient story in a modern, musical context. And we may get just a bit silly.
CBI’s annual gala features great food, music, dancing, and more.
Our members come from all walks of life: We are professors and electricians, teachers and dentists, full time moms and part time attorneys.
Everyone is welcome at CBI. We are proud of our long time support for the LGBTQ community. And proud that some of our members’ families can be traced back to the crypto-Jews accompanying the early Spanish explorers of Mexico and Texas.
CBI treasures our Jews-by-Choice for the richness they bring to our congregation and to the Jewish people.
CBI offers programs for our very youngest members, our senior members, and everyone in-between.
Our religious school provides specially trained staff for students with special needs.
Our prayer books provide transliterations for those who do not read Hebrew so everyone can participate.
We welcome interfaith families and encourage them to fully participate.
Growing and Fostering Our Jewish World
Our community is actively involved with coordinating the efforts of the congregation’s activities, fulfilling the mitzvah of tikkun olam, repairing the world.
Combined social, educational, religious and social action programs to create opportunities for the synagogue’s children to create lasting friendships.
Congregation Beth Israel installed solar panels on the roof of the Shirley Barish Learning Center as part of our ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship. We were also the first organization to go through the PACE process which gave us an affordable way to improve our facility’s energy efficiency. And our grounds have been recognized as an Urban Wildlife Habitat from the National Wildlife Foundation.