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Dennis Halpin collection

Identifier: MS 0861
Finding aid note: Forms part of the Houston Jewish History Archive. Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Content Description

The Dennis Halpin collection contains programs from Cantor’s Concerts, Books of Remembrance, church bulletins, membership meeting documents, and two vinyl records from congregations Adath Emeth and Beth Yeshurun. The materials are in good condition and range in date from 2000 to 2010. Researchers interested in the daily goings-on and events in the United Orthodox Synagogue, or the Houston Jewish community would find this collection useful.


  • Creation: 2000 - 2010


Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Dennis Halpin Collection must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

The Woodson Research Center use policy is that researchers assume sole responsibility for any infringement of privacy, literary rights, copyrights, or other rights arising from their use of the archival materials. In addition to any restrictions placed by donors, certain kinds of archival materials are restricted for the life of the creator plus 50 years. These materials include, but are not limited to, student grades, transcripts, and any job applications or recommendations.

Biographical / Historical

Dennis Halpin grew up in Houston, a devout member of the United Orthodox Synagogue, where he celebrated his Bar Mitzvah, mourned loved ones, and married his wife. His father, Morris Halpin, was a veteran and also a long-time member at the UOS. Dennis was honored by the congregation as a Chattan Maftir for his dedication to the synagogue.

The United Orthodox Synagogues is a modern Orthodox congregation located close to the Texas Medical Center, Rice University and the cultural and central business district of Houston. A center for worship, learning, and community service in Houston, the UOS serves approximately 350 families and spans all generations. The congregation was formed when three separate shuls—Adath Emeth, Adath Israel and Beth Jacob—merged into one congregation and adopted that name. Many congregants immigrated as part of the ‘Galveston Movement’, which attracted Jewish immigration away from New York and brought hundreds of Jews to Houston in the early 1900s. The synagogue offers daily and weekly ongoing adult classes, as well as a Montessori school, Community Mikvah, catering facility, bridal room, and a youth/teen lounge and serves as a spiritual home for a growing community of Jews seeking more meaning within traditional Judaism.

Cantor Irving Dean taught music three days a week for nearly 40 years at UOS Goldberg Montessori School, spending a half-hour with each group of children three days a week. Well-loved by both his students and the other staff, Dean taught both religious and secular songs, often in Hebrew. After the devastating floods in Houston, Dean left both his post at the school and his home to live with his daughter. Members of the congregation gathered to celebrate the beloved music teacher, who served United Orthodox Synagogues for more than 50 years. Nada Chandler, UOSGMS board president praised Cantor Dean, saying that “multiple generations of children have Jewish music in the hearts and in their daily lives because of [him].”


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The Dennis Halpin collection contains materials related to Dennis Halpin and—through his association—the United Orthodox Synagogue and Cantor Dean Irving, who served as a music teacher there for over 50 years. The materials showcase the events held by the synagogue and their wide-reaching impact on the Houston Jewish Community.


The materials are arranged in three series, as follows:

Series I: Audio Recordings

Series II: United Orthodox Synagogues of Houston Programs

Series III: Documents

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The materials were donated by Dennis Halpin in March of 2018.

Guide to the Dennis Halpin collection, 2000-2010
Gabby Parker
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA