Are you looking to make a difference?  Volunteer your time and talents, and you’ll not only help the Temple and your community, you’ll meet great people—and have fun, too.

Food for Thought Program

Support our Food for Thought Program 

TBH is small enough to know everyone but big enough to accomplish great deeds. — Neil Z

We aim to deliver food to about 150 families in at least seven elementary schools in Richmond/San Pablo. All are among the fifteen schools in the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) in which 100% of students rely on the National Lunch Program. Since no food is provided during school breaks, and childhood hunger is a year-round problem, our Food for Thought program provides supplemental food during winter break.

In addition to volunteering, you can support Food for Thought by:
-- Making a direct contribution to the Food for Thought fund perhaps for a special event, in honor of someone, for a B’nai Mitzvah, or in memory of a yahrzeit. Make checks payable to TBH with an indication that they are for Food for Thought.
-- Putting some loose change in the jar on the table in the lobby whenever you come to synagogue.
-- Using e-scrip and AmazonSmile for your purchases.
-- Letting us know of any community groups, organizations or businesses that might be interested in supporting Food for Thought. Contact Neil Zarchin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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High Holy Day Choir

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov said, "The most direct means for attaching ourselves to God from this
material world is through music and song." Do you love to sing when you pray? Consider deepening your worship experience by singing with your synagogue choir this High Holy Day season. Rehearsals will be on Wednesday and Sunday evenings. No prior experience or ability to read music required. If you would like to sign up or for more information, contact Cantor Fran.

GRIP Family Shelter

IMG 0232Temple Beth Hillel is one of the founding congregations of GRIP which has been serving the poor and suffering of our community for 40 years. The shelter is a transitional program and helps homeless families get back on their feet. It provides the parents with job training and services so they can reenter society and a safe and stable environment for these families.

Thanks in part to our support, GRIP has a a full kitchen and dining room, classrooms for skills training and counseling services. The jewel in the crown of the facility is the family homeless shelter that can house up to 75 residents. One of the family residences is named after our synagogue.

During the school year, the Beit Midrash students regularly cook meals for the shelter.  In addition, TBH members volunteer to serve lunch at the GRIP Souper Center on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Please contact Jane Kaasa if you can help.

Emergency Food Drive

foodAs the economy weakens the demand for food assistance from the Richmond Emergency Food Pantry continues to increase. We have been doing a great job raising food to help our neighbors, but we need to keep it up. Thanks to everyone who has contributed, and continues to contribute food to the neediest in our community. Breakfast cereal and peanut butter are still in highest demand. Let us all continue to make sure that no one in our community goes hungry because they cannot afford to feed themselves and their families. When you come to synagogue, for religious school, to celebrate Shabbat or for an educational or social program, please bring some breakfast cereal or peanut butter. Let’s continue to share what we have by filling the red barrels in our lobby to overflowing to feed the hungry.

The Food Pantry also needs money to buy meat and poultry, which we cannot donate, because of health laws. If you would like to make a donation please leave it with Arlene in the Temple office. Make your checks payable to the Richmond Emergency Food Pantry.

Caring Committee

Our synagogue’s caring community has finally created a working structure, and we are ready to “open our door for business”. These are the areas in which we can help.

In support of those sick, injured or homebound we can keep in touch by phone, computer or in person; provide meals; help with some transportation needs; provide respite or childcare, run errands and possibly provide assistance with negotiations with assorted agencies.

For those who have lost a loved one and are grieving, we can help organize the Meal of Condolence after a burial and provide transportation to the funeral or cemetery; provide food and people for Shiva; help with meals, errands, respite or childcare as needed after Shiva; provide a person to stay in regular contact with the family for 6-12 months as needed. We can provide transportation connections to servicesand other synagogue events, as well as possible other locations. Also, we plan to start a tradition of “supercards” to acknowledge the special moments in our members’ lives – both the miseries and the mazels

And finally, we want to create a congregational directory of skills, abilities and interests.

To activate us for your family or for someone you know in the congregation call either Clara-Rae Genser or Marilyn Hertzberg (see TBH Roster for contact information)


TBH has a small choir which sings at High Holiday services, occasional Shabbat services and life cycle events, including B’nai Mitzvot and memorial services.  We also participate in the GRIP  (Greater Richmond Interfaith Project) choir festival. The singers are all volunteer TBH members who love to sing. 

Some of us have been singing for years, others don’t read music.  All that is required is that you love to sing and can carry a tune. 

We usually rehearse on Wed. evenings, and the schedule varies from weekly before the High Holy Days to occasionally (maybe once a month) the rest of the year.   We welcome anyone who’s interested to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 510-507-2570.


We have lots of books that need to be added to our library. The library has hundreds of books to process. If you are detail oriented and good at learning simple computer programs and have an online connection, consider becoming a cataloging volunteer. Interested in helping out?  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..