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History

Congregation Emanu El is a Reform synagogue affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. The name “Emanu El” is a Hebrew phrase meaning “God be with us.” Our building and location are both tangible expressions of the vision and foresight of our founders.

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The property at 1500 Sunset Boulevard was purchased in 1945, and the building was dedicated on September 9, 1949. Our building, constructed in the modernist style of Frank Lloyd Wright, was designed by congregant Lenard Gabert and MacKie & Kamrath Architects, and has been recognized as one of the most innovative buildings in the country.

Location

Congregation Emanu El is located in the heart of Houston’s West University Area – across the street from Rice University, blocks away from the Texas Medical Center – around the corner from the Museum of Fine Arts, Hermann Park, the Houston Zoo, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and more.

Get more details about the location of the property by visiting our Location Page. You will also find directions to locate the building.

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