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!
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
On this Shabbat before Shavuot, we begin reading the Book of Numbers, Bamidbar (In the Wilderness, in Hebrew). Shavuot is called Hag Matan Toratenu, the holiday of the giving of our Torah. The holiday begs a fundamental question: why was the Torah given in the heart of the desert? Why not in the heart of […]
Temple Beth Hillel exists today because of the wisdom of our community leaders of the past. Without their wise stewardship we would not have been able to survive this pandemic. And now, as the news from the CDC and the state shows reason to be cautiously optimistic, our situation demands that our leadership acts wisely […]
Religion and politics are a twisted partnership in our politics. It seems that most of the time religion is used as a justification for the most reactionary aspects of our society, particularly deep economic inequality and the denial of any safety net. The vision in this week’s Torah could not be more different. The jubilee […]
Earlier this week I was asked about being president of TBH. “Do you get paid?” “No.” “Well, do you still have to pay membership dues?” “Yes.” “Then why do you do it?” I am doing it because I value our community. I am doing it because I find profound meaning in our Jewish values and […]
For the last thirteen months we have been in lockdown, spending most of our time in our houses, in isolation and a kind of suspended animation, where time seems to stand still. Or, perhaps more accurately, the days run into each other and seem to repeat themselves. How do we make sense of this strange […]