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
Light the Shabbat candles with us every Friday at 7 pm. Stay for Shabbat services the first and third Friday of the month.
High Holy Day Videos and Reflections
This week we have turned a corner in the Jewish ritual calendar: Tisha b’Av, the day we mourn the destruction of the First and Second Temples is behind us. It is the lowest point of the Jewish year. We now begin a long, seven week ascent toward the High Holy Days. For the next seven […]
As we turn a corner in the Jewish ritual calendar and our celebration of the Feder/Windrix wedding marks our return to in person events, I feel we are turning a pandemic corner as well. Of course, the Delta variant is concerning, but I still feel that overall we are emerging from our isolation. Increasing COVID-19 […]
A classic critique of religion is that it is an attempt by people to explain how the world, the universe and nature work, without the wisdom of science. Created thousands of years ago by people who lack the methods of modern science, it is therefore obsolete. But this is a classic straw man argument. The […]
As we adapt our reopening plan to current guidelines, a difference between what we can do and what we should do is emerging once again. Even under California Tier restrictions churches (synagogues?) were granted exemptions from most restrictions by the US Supreme Court (South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom) and now with Tier Restrictions […]
This Shabbat we begin the Book of Deuteronomy (Sefer Devarim) and on Saturday night we begin Tisha b’Av where we remember the destruction of the First and Second Temples. Deuteronomy is different from the other books of the Torah. It is Moses retelling of the story of the Exodus from Egypt, the revelation at Sinai […]