Past History and UOS Today

United Orthodox Synagogues of Houston, commonly referred as UOS, was formed almost 50 years ago when three separate shuls, Adath Emeth, Adath Israel and Beth Jacob merged into one congregation and adopted that name.  The oldest of those, Adath Israel was founded in 1905 at the time when the ‘Galveston Movement’, which sought to redirect Jewish immigration away from New York towards the center of the country through the Texas port, brought hundreds of Jews to Houston between 1905 and 1914.  

Today, UOS is a Modern Orthodox congregation located in a beautiful and affordable residential area close to the Texas Medical Center, Rice University and the cultural and central business district of Houston. Currently, the membership is approximately 350 families and spans all generations. UOS is a center for worship, learning, and community service in Houston.

UOS believes in the philosophy of Torah u'Mada, commitment to Torah, halakhah, and the quest for kedushah, holiness and spiritual growth. Like other Modern Orthodox institutions, UOS values open intellectual inquiry and expression in both the secular and religious arenas; engagement with the social, political and technological realities of the modern world; recognition and deep appreciation of the religious significance of the State of Israel; and the unity of the Jewish community at large. UOS is affiliated with the Orthodox Union and Yeshiva University and other major Orthodox institutions in the United States.

At UOS, one can recognize that becoming religiously observant is a path where no one should be made to feel uncomfortable, regardless of their level of observance and Jewish knowledge. As UOS continues to grow, it remains committed to creating a warm and welcoming environment to all Jews who share a desire to develop their knowledge of Judaism and commitment to their faith.

If you live outside of Houston and are considering relocating to our area, or if you live the Houston area but haven't been to UOS in a while, we'd like to extend an invitation for you to join us on Shabbat. Once you experience the warmth of our community, you'll never want to leave!

Thu, July 27 2017 4 Av 5777