Judaism in Texas

Jews were among the earliest settlers of Texas, arriving in the 16th Century with the first wave of primarily Spanish explorers.  These were Jews of Sephardic origin, and many became crypto-Jews or conversos, as they were unable to freely practice the Jewish religion.  In the mid 19th Century, Ashkenazic (European) Jews, primarily from Germany, were among the first people to settle and build organized communities in Central Texas.

The Jewish religion has been practiced in Texas for almost 200 years, and organized Jewish religious life in Waco dates to the second half of the 19th Century.  Numerous historical, communal, and religious organizations exist to support the religious and secular life of Jewish Texans.

Anti-Defamation League North Texas/Oklahoma Regional Office

Austin Jewish Academy 

Camp Young Judea Texas 

Chabad-Lubavitch of Greater Austin 

Dallas Community Jewish Federation

Dallas Holocaust Museum 

Dallas Kosher (the Vaad Hakashrus of Dallas) 

Greater Waco Interfaith Conference

Jewish Community Association of Austin 

Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas

Jewish Federation of Waco

The Jewish Outlook 

Southwest Jewish Congress

Temple Rodef SholomWaco’s Reform Jewish congregation

Texas Hillel 

Texas A&M Hillel Foundation

Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce 

Texas Jewish Historical Societylots of great links to explore

Texas Jewish Post 

URJ Greene Family Camp