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 for the Jewish Newcomers Program to meet others, receive special discounts and reminders about upcoming events, as well as general support and outreach.
• Sign up to receive the Jewish Outlook, a free monthly newspaper providing local, national and international news.

CONTACTS TO GET CONNECTED

Reach out so we can answer your specific questions and guide you to the right people/places:

Outreach and Engagement    

       

Jay Rubin
512-735-8006
jay.rubin@shalomaustin.org

    We are a "concierge" to the Jewish community, helping answer questions about programs, services, neighborhoods, congregations, schools and more.
       
         

       

Jewish Community Center  

       
Sandy Powers
JCC Membership Director
512-735-8040
sandy.powers@shalomaustin.org
         Take a tour of the JCC and learn what becoming a JCC Member can do for you! 

       

Jewish Family Service  

         

Mary Axelrud
512-250-1043
    JFS provides a wide array of mental health and support services to the Jewish community and to the wider Austin community.

       

Young Adult Division (YAD)   

       

Sarah Weisfeld
512-735-8052

 

 

If you are a young adult (21-40) living in Austin, connect with YAD

       
     

       

Raising Jewish Kids in Austin   

       

Karin Lester
512-735-8028

    Shalom Austin offers a wide variety of programs for families with young children. 
       
   


       

Senior Adult Programs   

       
Lisa Quay
JCC Senior Adult Programs
512-735-8086

    JCC Senior Adult Programs

The JCC provides a variety of social, educational, cultural, and spiritual programs for older adults. 
       

Carlye Levine MSSW, LCSW, C-ASWCM
JFS Geriatric Care Manager
512-250-1043
    JFS Senior Adult Programs

JFS can offer help getting settled in your own home as well as information about assisted living facilities, nursing homes, geriatric case management in congregate living facilities and other assistance.
       

Israelis & Native Hebrew Speakers

       
Karin Lester
512-735-8028
    If you are Israeli or a native Hebrew speaking family and new to town, contact us.
       

Jewish Life and Learning

       
Aliza Orent
512-735-8030
    Interested in learning more about Jewish cultural and educational opportunities?
       

Philanthropy

       
Amy Hyman
512-735-8078
    Make a Difference! Learn how our community is growing and how you can help contribute philanthropically.
       

 

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.