New to Jewish Life in Austin?
The Austin Jewish community, like the general community, has experienced enormous growth in the last 20 years. Although a demographic study has not been done, the estimated number of Jewish people in the Austin area is 15,000-18,000. The population of Austin doubles every twenty years, and Jewish Austin expects to continue following the same trend. This is unique, compared to most Jewish communities which are well-established or even shrinking in size.
The city is attractive for people of all ages, although the majority of growth tends to be among young adults and young families. Many baby boomers are also moving to Austin to spend their retirement years and be closer to their children and grandchildren.
While the epicenter of the Jewish community is in Northwest Austin, the Jewish community is sprawling like the general community south of the river in Circle C Ranch, Western Oaks, and Travis Heights, and north in Georgetown, Round Rock and Cedar Park.
NEED HELP GETTING SETTLED HERE?
LOOKING FOR WAYS TO CONNECT WITH OTHER PEOPLE?
Here is a helpful step-by-step process to get connected and learn about Jewish life in Austin.
Create a profile here: shalomaustin.org/login. This will help us communicate with you.
• Check off areas of interest once profile is approved (can take up to 2 days)
• Sign up to receive the Jewish Outlook, monthly newspaper.
Contact Appropriate Associate so we can answer your specific questions and guide you to the right people/places:
||Dana Epstein, Outreach and Engagement
We are a "concierge" to the Jewish community, helping answer questions about programs, services, neighborhoods, congregations, schools and more.
Visit the links to the left to learn more about Austin and its thriving Jewish community. Contact Dana at (512) 735-8008 or email email@example.com.
Take a tour of the JCC and learn what becoming a JCC Member can do for you!
Contact Sandy Powers, JCC Membership, 512-735-8040.
Learn about what Jewish Family Service can offer you if / when needed.
Contact Mary Axelrud, 512-250-1043.
If you are a young adult (21-40) living in Austin, connect with YAD! Contact Sarah Weisfeld.
If you are raising Jewish children in Austin, contact Julie Franklin.
If you are 40+ and single join our Facebook group!
If you are a Senior Adult living in Austin or considering moving to Austinand need some guidance:
• Contact Lisa Quay, 512-735-8086 about senior programs at the JCC (transportation is often available).
• Contact Carlye Levine MSSW, LCSW, C-ASWCM at (512) 250-1043 for help getting settled in your own home or for information about assisted living facilities, nursing homes, geriatric case management in congregate living facilities and other assistance.
If you are Israeli or a native Hebrew speaking family and new to town, contact Karin Lester at (512) 735-8028.
Interested in learning more about Jewish cultural and educational opportunities?
Contact Aliza Orent at (512) 735-8030.
Explore Tikkun Austin volunteer and giving opportunities organized by the Jewish community.
Contact Karin Lester, 512-735-8028.
Make a Difference! Learn how our community is growing and how you can help contribute philanthropically. Contact Arlene Miller, 512-735-8096.
Refer to the Community Calendar (on the homepage) for upcoming events.
See the different Congregations in Austin.
Learn about Jewish Schools in Austin
Other Community Organizations in Austin that may be of interest.