Press Release

Presence, Patience and Love at the Rothko Chapel

August 09, 2016

HOUSTON – August 9, 2016 – Sometimes making a little change can be a big challenge.

Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss says the first step is learning to love who and where you are now – before moving forward and heading to where you want to be.

The Rabbi will be leading a guided, silent and reflective meditation at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at the Rothko Chapel at 3900 Yupon. Suggested donation is $10.

Hausman-Weiss, the spiritual leader of Congregation Shma Koleinu, was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion with master’s degrees in Hebrew Letters and Jewish Education. He served as senior rabbi of Emanu El, Houston from 2009 to 2011. 

“Rabbi Scott’s message in this guided experience is the importance of embracing presence, patience and love in our pursuit of positive change” Rothko Chapel’s program and community engagement director Ashley Clemmer Hoffman said. “We looking forward to shared learning around attentiveness and self-acceptance with the Houston community.”

The event is a continuation of Rothko Chapel’s meditation series, “Twelve Moments: Experiencing Spiritual and Faith Traditions,” aimed at helping people learn spiritual practices to quiet, center, expand and renew their minds.

The “Twelve Moments” series is co-sponsored by Ligmincha Texas Institute, The Jung Center of Houston, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Rothko Chapel.

For more information about the Rothko Chapel and the full calendar of upcoming programs, workshops and events, visit or call 713-524-9839.


About the Rothko Chapel

The Rothko Chapel is open to the public every day of the year at no charge and successfully interconnects art, spirituality and compassionate action through a broad array of free public programs. Founded by Houston philanthropists Dominique and John de Menil, the Chapel was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary. Today it stands as a monument to art, spirituality and human rights. As an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization, the Chapel depends on contributions from foundations and individuals to support its mission of creating a space for contemplation and dialogue on important issues.

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