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.