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The Partnerships Forged in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Posted on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 by David M. Scott

Reposted with thanks to ejewishphilanthropy.com

The teamwork among clergy, teachers, directors of education, administrators, and lay leaders was on full display at Congregation Beth Israel, a large Reform congregation in Houston, Texas, during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. While Beth Israel itself was flooded with over 600,000 gallons of water, The Shlenker School, located on the same campus, did not suffer major flooding. The school, which houses over three hundred early childhood and elementary school students (18 months – 5th grade), was able to open its doors well before a majority of schools in the Houston Independent School District could do so. Despite the campus suffering major damage to its infrastructure, it fared better than other Jewish institutions in the area.

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David Scott, a Wexner Heritage Alum (Houston 06), is the Executive Director and Director of Lifelong Learning at Congregation Beth Israel in Houston, Texas. He has served the congregation full time since January 2014, after practicing law for thirteen years. In 2017, he graduated from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion with a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Education and became certified as a Reform Jewish Educator (RJE). David enjoys working with his wife, Rabbi Adrienne Scott, and they have two children, Beryt (9) and Ezra (6).