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  • At least 8 dead in Houston-area floods, more rain falls

    1 week ago

    At least eight people have died and some 1,150 homes have been damaged in flooding triggered by torrential downpours in the Houston area this week as more rain fell in the region on Wednesday adding to vast pools of standing water.

    All of those who died were found in or near...

  • One killed, one wounded in shooting near Texas Southern University

    October 9, 2015 | 11:49 am

    One person was fatally shot on Friday and another person was wounded in a shooting an apartment complex adjacent to the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston, and a suspect has been taken into custody, police said.

    The school, with about 9,700 students, was placed on...

  • Komen organization apologizes for Houston race’s Yom Kippur date

    September 16, 2014 | 9:14 am

    The Susan G. Komen organization apologized for holding its Race for the Cure in Houston on Yom Kippur.

    Komen’s executive director, Ariana Higgins, told the Houston Chronicle that the foundation has learned its lesson following an outcry from the Jewish community. The foundation...

  • Bomb threats called in to Houston synagogues

    May 2, 2013 | 9:32 am

    Two Houston synagogues received bomb threats.

    The bomb threats were called in to Congregation Beth Israel, a Reform synagogue, and Congregation Or Ami, a Conservative synagogue, on Wednesday afternoon.

    Both synagogues canceled Hebrew school classes for Thursday but said they...

  • L.A. Teens Win More Than 70 Medals at Maccabi Games

    September 5, 2012 | 12:12 pm

    Team Westside’s luggage was a little heavier on its return flight from the Maccabi Games in Houston last month. Athletes won a combined total of 18 medals in three sports at the annual competition, which took place Aug. 5-10.

    The boys’ 16-and-under basketball team took home the...

  • Holy hoops: The story of the Beren Academy basketball team

    March 9, 2012 | 11:28 am

    For one week, the boys basketball team of the Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston, Texas, made nationwide headlines.

    The reason—they made the Texas 2A semifinals, but since the academy is Orthodox Jewish, they couldn’t play the game, which was scheduled on the Jewish Sabbath.

    After a campaign and filed lawsuit, the games were moved to accommodate Beren, and their performance attracted the media, as well as the Texas Jewish community.

    JTA’s Uri Fintzy spent the final four weekend with the Beren staff, students and fans.

    This is the story.

  • Orthodox school falls short in Texas tournament

    March 5, 2012 | 10:01 am

    The Robert M. Beren Academy of Houston lost, 46-42, to Abilene Christian in the 2A private and parochial boys basketball state championship game.

    Down by 11 points early in the fourth quarter, Beren closed the deficit to three with two minutes to play but could not cap the comeback...

  • Shabbat conflict sends Beren Academy hoops squad to the sidelines

    February 28, 2012 | 10:24 am

    Chris Cole, the coach of the boys’ basketball team at the Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston, says his squad is peaking coming off its 27-point victory in the state tournament quarterfinals.

    Apparently the Stars, who with a record of 24-5 are having the best season in school...

  • Saving Golani

    November 21, 2011 | 10:32 am

    A puppy born in Israel and abandoned in the streets of Jerusalem has completed his unlikely journey to a new home and new life in Houston, Texas: the final stop on a trek that began beneath the wheels of a tour bus that was parked in front of the hotel where Texas State...

  • In N.Y. and Houston, Jewish communities are struggling with tragedy

    July 19, 2011 | 1:29 pm

    The two tragedies occurred 1,500 miles apart and in much different circumstances, but both united a community in shock, horror and grief.

    In New York, the abduction and gruesome murder last week of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky while walking home from summer day camp in Borough Park,...

  • A Frantic Hour

    By Rob Eshman

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The dumbest question asked by any reporter anywhere in response to Hurricane Katrina came last Monday in Houston.

    Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H. Bush had just finished announcing a special relief effort -- the Hurricane Katrina Fund -- when someone in the press pool...

  • A Race Against Time and Floodwaters

    By Chanan Tigay

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Stepping up to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, Jewish day schools opened their doors to evacuees, families welcomed strangers into their homes, Jewish rescue squads searched through the storm's wreckage and Jewish organizations raised millions of dollars for those whose lives were...

  • Caouette’s Journey to Hell and Back

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When gay Jewish filmmaker Jonathan Caouette was a preteen in Houston, he frequented sock hops at the Baptist church near his home. Invariably, church elders warned he was destined for hellfire: "And I would tell them that I was possessed by the devil," Caouette, 31, said.

    His tart...

  • My Father, My Hero

    By Avner Hofstein

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There's a framed glass poster that hangs on the wall of Assaf Ramon's Houston bedroom wall. While the image of the smiling astronaut in the orange jumpsuit is famous, the Hebrew words inscribed at the bottom of the poster are not:

    "Assaf, my oldest son, each night, look at the sky...

  • Enron Fallout in Houston

    By Julie Wiener

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Enron Corporation and Linda Lay, the wife of its chairman and chief executive, have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Houston's Holocaust museum, accounting for approximately 10 percent of the institution's $3 million budget.

    Now enmeshed in scandal and bankruptcy,...