The Hermans—A faith connection

Sandy and Ruth Herman knew they would enjoy living at Eagle's Trace, but they worried about finding a new place of worship nearby.

'We lived in our house in Fondren Southwest for 24 years, and we were longtime members of the Congregation Beth Israel,' says Ruth. 'When we moved to Eagle's Trace, we discovered that Temple Sinai was only five minutes away.'

In fact, the couple likes to entertain members of the congregation in their new apartment home. 'We recently invited Rabbi Annie Belford and her family to join us for lunch and a swim in the community pool,' says Ruth. 'They loved it, and they want to come back again!'

The Hermans have been instrumental in creating a strong Jewish community on campus. Each Friday, between 20 and 30 Jewish residents gather in the clubhouse to celebrate Shabbat. The entire Eagle's Trace community is invited to the annual Seder meal, and dining services even prepares special meals for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

'It's like we have one big family,' says Ruth.

The Hermans