Rabbi Brian Strauss will become the new senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Yeshurun on August 1, 2018. He joined the congregation in July 2001. Rabbi Strauss is a graduate of the Zeigler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles and the University of Texas at Austin. A member of the United Jewish Communities Rabbinic Cabinet and the United Jewish Communities National Young Leadership Cabinet, he has been the recipient of the annual Jewish Federation of Greater Houston Mae & Edmund Hecht Rabbinic Presentation. Rabbi Strauss also serves on the Texas State Commission on Holocaust and Genocide. He was selected as the winner in the men’s spiritual leader category in Houston’s city-wide “Gen Next” contest, which recognizes Jewish professionals in their twenties and thirties. He is also a member of the prestigious program Rabbis Without Borders, sponsored by the National Jewish Center for Learning & Leadership (CLAL).
He has served on the boards of the Holocaust Museum Houston, the University of Texas Hillel, the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston as well as serving as the president of the Houston Rabbinical Association. He has served as a visiting scholar in residence at the International Kallah of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization in Starlight, Pennsylvania and other synagogues throughout the region. He is the author of the book, “To Life, To Family, To Me: 6 Keys to a Good Family Life,” an Amazon.com #1 Category Best Seller. He is also a frequent guest speaker at many local schools and churches and has been published in national and local publications. Rabbi Strauss is married to Lisa Shapiro Strauss, a practicing attorney and a previous fellow in the Wexner Heritage Program. They have three children.