n 1984, Austin had only a budding Jewish community. It was into this Jewish
scene that Rabbi Yosef and Rochel Levertov came. To bring forth an orchard of Jewish beauty was, and is, their life’s mission. Initially, the couple’s objective was to serve
the student body of the University of Texas (UT) which had an estimated Jewish population
of 4,000 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students.
Since then, they have expanded the Chabad presence in Austin. It now includes a separate branch near Downtown Austin that serves young Jewish professionals and area residents, led by Rabbi Mendy and Mussy Levertov, a branch in Round Rock run by Rabbi Mendel and Mussi Morosow, with the campus Chabad operations taken over by Rabbi Zev Johnson, a UT alumnus, and his wife Ariella.