Temple Beth Hillel, located just off Hilltop Drive at I-80 in Richmond, California is an intimate, warm and wonderful congregation of Jewish families from West Contra Costa County and beyond. Being small (approx.80 families) fosters familiarity among members and a special sense of belonging – a sense often missing at larger congregations.
Founded in 1946, Temple Beth Hillel offers a place to celebrate Shabbat (twice a month or more), the Holidays and Festivals (including a Hanukkah Latke Party, Tu B’Shevat Seder, Purim Carnival, Congregational Passover Seder) and other celebrations.
Join us for a Shabbat Service – come to a Family Potluck (1st Shabbat evening of the month) – celebrate the High Holidays – experience Temple Beth Hillel and join us in building our community, the community of Jewish families of West Contra Costa and beyond.
Whether you’re new to the San Francisco Bay area or a long time resident, and you’re looking for a reform synagogue to join in the East Bay, Temple Beth Hillel welcomes you!
Join us for Shabbat
Join us in person or online – multiaccess Shabbat services first and third Friday of the month. Online candle lighting available on alternating weeks. Check the calendar for times.
High Holy Day Videos and Reflections
During the first year or so of the COVID-19 pandemic, when many of us were minimizing our contact with others and those who were lucky enough were working from home, the days seemed to run together, to blend into each other without differentiation. What kept me anchored in time was Shabbat. Every Friday I would […]
I am writing this message from Oregon where we are visiting our granddaughter and her parents, so this will be short. I love our community, but time with Zoe comes first. It is an honor to serve as president of TBH, but soon it will be someone else’s turn. I have been president for 4 […]
Kedushah or holiness is one of the essential concepts in Jewish religion. What does it mean to be holy? How can we attain this state and once attained how can we sustain it? This week’s Torah portion might be considered the heart of Torah; in the middle of the middle book of Torah. God says […]
When I was teaching theater I always paid for performance licenses (royalties) for every play we produced and I was often criticized. “Why do you do that? You’re only a high school. Who is going to know? Other schools just photocopy a script they borrow from the library.” I answered that paying royalties and respecting […]
What gives our lives meaning? Is there a purpose to our existence? There is a way in which Jewish religious practice and Jewish sacred texts answer these questions by turning the mundane daily activities of life into actions that are both sacred and profound. We see this in the Jewish view of eating. Eating is […]