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At Congregation Emanu El, we strive to build a culture of Sacred Belonging where every individual feels seen, included, and valued and knows that they are created in the image of God.

We embrace the spark of the Divine in people of all ages, abilities, races, ethnic backgrounds, gender identities and expressions, and sexual orientations. We strive to offer accessible experiences by speaking to multiple learning styles and engaging families of all configurations. We joyfully invite the full participation of Jews of all backgrounds as well as interfaith and multi-heritage families.

Our community is made up of people with a broad spectrum of experiences, religious beliefs, ritual practices, and political orientations. We welcome discussion and dialogue because, at Emanu El, we believe that our diversity is an opportunity for inspired creativity.

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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.


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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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