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.
ounded 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!
This week’s Shabbat is called “Shabbat Nachamu,” The Shabbat of Consolation, from the first two words of Haftorah, Isaiah 40, which begins, “Nahamu, nahamu…, Comfort, oh Comfort my people…” It is the first of seven Shabbats of consolation, following Tisha b’Av leading up to Rosh Hashanah. This week’s Haftorah sets a tone for our preparation […]
Another week has passed and the Covid-19 news is not getting better, but we are a resilient community and we continue to adapt, support each other, and get things done. Our Ritual Committee, led by Rabbi Dean, Cantor Shayndel and Jane Durango, is hard at work planning meaningful online services and our choir, led by […]
Moses is described as “the most humble of all men.” (Numbers 12:3). Commenting on this quality, Ibn Ezra (14th C. Spain) writes, “Moses never asked for recognition, nor reward.” In other words, he did not lead to serve his ego, or for his own glory, but because God chose him to do so. Moses’ model […]
This week, I want to give a huge thank you to Jane Kaasa and Arnold Farber for organizing our GRIP Wednesdays. I am writing this almost immediately after delivering sandwiches to the TBH parking lot to have them delivered to GRIP and I am humbled by the number of sandwiches donated by so many of […]
This week we end the Book of Numbers (Sefer Bamidbar) with the double portion Matot-Masei. It is an exciting and profound selection of Torah, touching on community, solidarity, and commitment, keeping promises, and a genocidal war the Isralites wage on the Midianites including enslaving their women and children. In the midst of all of this […]