Talk:History of the Jews in Galveston, Texas

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Jimmy Kessler[edit]

Rabbi James Lee "Jimmy" Kessler DHL, DD, is the first Native Texan to assume the leadership of Congregation B'nai Israel, Galveston, Texas.[1] He has led this kehilla for 24 years.[2]

A Jewish Texan, Rabbi Kessler was born in Houston, Texas and is an expert on Galveston's Jewish history. He studied for his doctorate, in Texas Jewish history, at the University of Texas in Austin.[2] His extensive education in Texas Jewish history lead to him founding the Texas Jewish Historical Society in 1980. Today the society has grown to more 750 members and has sponsored and supported research for scholars and students of Texas Jewish History.[3] [4]

After graduating from the University of Texas, he served as director of the Texas Hillel, the hillel that serves the students attending the University of Texas. His strong dedication to education and youth continues to this day through his serving as Campus minister to Jewish students at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) as well as his position as Jewish Chaplin for patients at UTMB's hospitals.[5]

Rabbi Kessler was ordained by, and also holds an honorary degree from, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.[1]

Henry Cohen Community House[edit]

Community House
Community House Entrance

The Henry Cohen Community House is a Jewish community center for the kehilla located in Galveston, Texas, United States.

The center was built in 1928 in honor of Rabbi Henry Cohen. The Henry Cohen Community House is associated with Congregation B'nai Israel.[6] The entry to the building has a carved limestone portal and the structure uses the "Magen David" as the primary iconographic element in its decoration.[7]

  1. ^ Kessler, James L. "Temple B'nai Israel, Galveston". Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  2. ^ a b "Rabbi Jimmy Kessler, DHL, DD". Temple B'nai Israel. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  3. ^ "Main Page". The Texas Jewish Historical Society. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  4. ^ "80(R) Senate Resolution 709 - Enrolled Version - Bill Text". The Texas State Senate. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  5. ^ "Jimmy Kessler". UTMB Pastoral Care. 2007-09-25. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  6. ^ TEMPLE B'NAI ISRAEL, GALVESTON, The Handbook of Texas. Accessed October 24, 2007.
  7. ^ B'nai Israel, Galveston, TX: Robert P. Davis, Architect. Accessed October 24, 2007.