About our Community
About our Community
United Orthodox Synagogues (UOS) is located in Willow Meadows, a beautiful, residential neighborhood that is conveniently located near the Galleria and the Texas Medical Center and enjoys easy access to parks, shopping, main freeways, and many of Houston’s kosher facilities.
UOS is a full-service Orthodox synagogue that prides itself on its commitment to increasing its members’ spiritual growth in the spirit of inclusiveness. We have prayer services three times each day every day. UOS offers numerous opportunities for learning, both during the week and on Shabbat, and also offers a variety of other programs for all ages.
Our updated facilities include full-service meat and dairy kitchens that serve everything from bagel breakfasts to exquisite weddings, gala events, and others simchas. We also house a beautiful mikvah. We are extremely fortunate that the UOS Goldberg Montessori School, a wonderful preschool that embraces traditional Montessori methods in conjunction with a complete Judaic curriculum, calls UOS home.
UOS members who wish to live within walking distance to UOS can choose from a variety of housing options. We have an Eruv, which is under regular supervision by our rabbi, Rabbi Barry Gelman, and an Eruv Committee. Click here to view the UOS Eruv map.
On the north side of Willow Meadows, a biking/hiking trail lines Braes Bayou. Joggers and bikers can be seen on the trail at almost any time of day. On the South Side of Willow Meadows, Willow Park, a recently renovated park, offers a wide range of playground equipment and playing fields.
Willow Meadow’s Maintenance and Beautification Committee constantly works to maintain and heighten the aesthetics of our surroundings with its varied beautification programs. Willow Meadows’ Security Committee oversees the off-duty, Houston Police Department part-time employees who patrol the neighborhood in WMCC patrol cars and provide Willow Meadows’ residents a high degree of security.
For those not ready to purchase a home, there are several beautiful and safe apartment complexes located within the UOS eruv. To find out more, click here.
Kosher Food in Houston
You will not go hungry here in Houston! We are proud of our meat, dairy, and vegetarian restaurants, supermarkets with full kosher butchershops, delis, and bakeries, and several stand-alone bakeries. All are under the strict supervision of our local vaad, the Houston Kashruth Association. For a full listing of our kosher establishments, please visit our Kosher in Houston page.
Jewish Education in Houston
In addition to the UOS Goldberg Montessori School, Houston is fortunate to have several Jewish day schools. Robert M. Beren Academy is a modern Orthodox day school that serves students from pre-school through the 12th grade on a beautiful 52-acre campus only two miles from UOS. Its excellent Judaic and secular studies curriculum provides a solid foundation for its students.
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What makes Houston a great City to live in?
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Facts about relocating or expanding your business in Houston
Houston is business friendly. In addition to providing an excellent environment for startup and small- and mid-size companies, the Houston region is known worldwide as a major corporate center.
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- Houston’s amenities and quality of life draw a skilled, well-educated workforce.
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- Houston’s freeway system includes 575.5 miles of freeways and expressways in the 10-county metro area. The State of Texas plans to spend $5.06 billion on Houston area highways between 2002 and 2007.
- The Houston airport system ranks fourth nationally and sixth worldwide in passenger volume. Also, George Bush Intercontinental Airport is ranked as the 11th largest international air-cargo gateway to the United States.
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- Known as the Energy Capital of the World, Houston is a dominant provider of accounting and legal firms that also specialize in providing services to the oil and gas industry.
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- Houston is the academic center of the Southwest.
- More than 300,000 students in the region are enrolled in more than 60 degree-granting colleges, universities, institutes, and technical schools in the fall of 2004.
- The Texas Medical Center, Rice University, University of St. Thomas, Texas Southern University, Houston Baptist University, The University of Houston and Houston Community College are just a few of the region’s major institutions of higher learning.
- Houston has a well-developed high-tech infrastructure.
- Houston is a leader in transferring to the private sector technology developed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC), the Texas Medical Center and area universities.
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- The Johnson Space Center markets space technology for licensing and research and development.
- Industry Week has ranked Houston as a Gold Medal World-Class community for manufacturing.
- Houston has a strong international presence.
- More than 3,500 firms and organizations trading more than 250 types of products and services report international business activities in more than 200 countries.