History

Congregation Beth Israel, the oldest Reform Jewish synagogue in Texas, accepted its first nursery school class of fifteen children in 1967. Under the leadership of Rabbi Samuel Karff, Congregation Beth Israel stepped forward as a leader of the Reform Jewish Day School Movement by establishing one of the first Reform Jewish Day Schools in North America and the first in the State of Texas. The Shlenker School is named for the late Irvin M. Shlenker, a prominent Jewish Houston philanthropist and a past president of Congregation Beth Israel.

In 1987, the first class of fifth grade students graduated from The Shlenker School, and for over thirty years, we have developed confident students and compassionate Jewish leaders.