Lifecycles

Bar & Bat Mitzvah

Typically celebrated in the synagogue, the bar/bat mitzvah marks a young person becoming an adult member of the community. Traditionally, the 13-yearold is called upon to recite the Torah blessings and to read a Haftorah, a selection from the prophets. Variations on the ceremony exist. Study programs are also available throughout the community for adult men or women who missed the opportunity to celebrate a bar/bat mitzvah as a teenager. Synagogues provide bar and bat mitzvah training. See "Religious Life & Organizations."

Peninsula

George Rubin

(650) 424-1940 gorubin@mac.com
M.A., Hebrew education George Rubin (650) 424-1940 gorubin@mac.com

Individualized instruction for all ages and learning styles, including special needs, in bar/bat mitzvah, Hebrew and Jewish studies; for the affiliated and unaffiliated; in person or online.

Birth

Bay Area

Adoption Connection

Adoption Connection 1710 Scott St. Fax: P.O. Box 159004 San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 359-2494 families@adoptionconnection.org www.adoptionconnection.org
(415) 359-2494 (office), (800) 972-9225 (hotline for expectant women) families@adoptionconnection.org

Provides support and services to adoptive parents as they grow their families as well as to birth mothers as they gain stability during and after their pregnancies. A full-service, nonprofit, licensed adoption agency and a national leader in open adoption. The agency has assisted with over 3,000 adoptions since 1985 and is proud to be the recipient of the All Children All Families award from the Human Rights Campaign. A member of the California Association of Adoption Agencies and the National Council for Adoption.

Services include:

  • Adoption homestudies to adoptive parents residing in one of the 19 Counties in the Greater Bay Area
  • Adoption education classes
  • Nationwide birth mother outreach and matching program
  • Birth mother support and counseling
  • Post-placement visitation and reporting
  • Second parent adoptions

Santa Cruz

Alternative Bris Support Group

Alternative Bris Support Group Mail to: P.O. Box 1305 Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 475-3313 Alternativebris@gmail.com


Provides support and information on alternative brit ceremonies and medical, religious and cultural information for parents considering covenant/naming ceremonies without circumcision.

San Francisco

Brit Shalom Celebrant List

773 Duncan St. San Francisco, CA 94131
(415) 647-2687 mdreissmd@gmail.com www.britshalom.info
Mark David Reiss, M.D.

Brit shalom is a non-cutting naming ceremony that replaces brit milah (ritual circumcision) for newborn Jewish boys. It is not intended for boys who have previously been circumcised in a hospital. It can be similar to the naming ceremony traditionally used for baby girls. It may be performed by a rabbi. cantor or an experienced lay leader. If desired, celebrants can aid parents in creating or adapting their own ceremony from existing templates and models. The ceremony has also been termed alternative brit (or bris), brit ben, brit rechitzah (washing the feet of the baby), brit b'li milah (covenant without cutting), brit ha lev (covenant of the heart) and brit chayim (covenant of life). Not all of the celebrants listed are opposed to brit milah; however, they are all committed to providing service to families unwilling to circumcise their sons, by officiating at brit shalom ceremonies. This list is continually being updated. At current count, 223 celebrants, mostly rabbis, are available in 40 states, plus the District of Columbia, as well as Canada and many other countries.

Bay Area

Debra Weiss-Ishai, M.D.

(510) 589-8556 mohel@TheBrisDoctor.com www.TheBrisDoctor.com
Certified mohel and pediatrician Debra Weiss-Ishai, M.D.

Certified mohel and board-certified pediatrician performing traditional personalized and enriching brit milah/bris ceremonies. Inclusive of all affiliations. Pain control/local anesthetic used. Serving the San Francisco Bay Area/Sacramento and beyond. Also performs naming ceremonies for girls.

North Bay

Donor Concierge

Donor Concierge 7 Biscayne Court San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 663-6097 www.donorconcierge.com/egg-donor-search/ethnicities/jewish-egg-donors

Finds egg donors and surrogates, helping intended parents have the baby they always wanted. A search includes more than 100 of the best agencies around the country. In most cases, agency can offer a choice of 20-40 egg donors or 4-6 surrogates who can help clients complete their family. Specializes in helping Jewish parents find Jewish egg donors. Also finds surrogates so clients can move forward quickly to create the family they've always dreamed of.

San Francisco

Eric Tabas, M.D.

450 Sutter St., Suite 1324 San Francisco, CA 94108-4206
(415) 397-2331 Fax: (415) 397-4225 www.erictabasmd.yourmd.com


A board-certified OB/GYN, as well as a board-certified Reform mohel practicing in San Francisco for over 20 years. Endeavors to joyfully celebrate life and personalize each brit milah ceremony.

East Bay

Hasidah

(415) 323-3226 info@hasidah.org www.hasidah.org

Hasidah (stork in Hebrew) provides assistance to Jews of all backgrounds who are experiencing fertility challenges. Hasidah's mission is to build Jewish families in the following ways: (1) Builds awareness of infertility issues in the Jewish community. (2) Helps people experiencing infertility navigate to needed support services through collaborations with other organizations such as healing centers, foundations, social service organizations, free loan associations, donor agencies, congregations and various fertility agencies. (3) Provides financial assistance to Jews seeking IVF treatment for infertility. (4) Provides spiritual care for people experiencing infertility and trains clergy to provide care and to make their communities more sensitive about infertility.

Peninsula

Jewish Baby Network

Jewish Baby Network
(650) 275-2215 info@jewishbabynetwork.org
Contact: Carol Booth

Connects young families on the Peninsula and in San Francisco to one another and to the larger Jewish community by providing events, resources and education on how to bring the beauty of Judaism into a new family's life. Welcomes expecting parents and families with at least one child from newborns through 36 months. Welcomes everyone, including LGBTQ, single parent, interfaith and unaffiliated families. Membership is free and never expires, and all events are free as well.  Hosts monthly Jewish holiday celebrations and get-togethers that are baby-friendly and fun for the whole family. Offers monthly Family Fun Time with Jewish songs and activities. For expecting families, offers a Jewish Birth and Baby Naming workshop, and also a Newborn Playgroup every four months where parents and their newborns get to know each other and form lasting friendships. Members with older babies are also connected with those who have babies similar in age to their own. Members enjoy an online community where they connect and share ideas, and a website with many resources. Provides complimentary Shalom Baby Bags to members, which include a variety of Jewish resources for young families.

Bay Area

Lisa Braver Moss

lisabravermoss@gmail.com www.lisabravermoss.com

Bay Area author-activist working toward open inclusion of non-circumcising families in Jewish life. Website offers articles, videos and other resources for Jewish and interfaith families who choose not to circumcise or who are considering other options. Also offers guidance for synagogues and other Jewish institutions wishing to ensure that non-circumcising families realize that they're welcome. Co-Author of "Celebrating Brit Shalom" with Rebecca Wald, the first-ever book specifically for Jewish families opting out of circumcision, and for rabbis wishing to meet their ceremonial needs.  Book includes sheet music and guidance on holding a Brit Shalom service.

East Bay

Mark M. Rubenstein, M.D.

147 Los Altos Ave. Walnut Creek, CA 94598
(925) 932-6650 (home)/ (925) 212-9964 (cell) Fax: (925) 937-6650 www.mohelrubenstein.com
Pediatrician (retired) Mark M. Rubenstein, M.D.
Yvonne L. LaLanne, D.C.

Diversity sensitive, personalized brit milah ceremonies serving entire Bay Area. Interfaith education. 40+ years experience. Questions welcome; references available. Also officiates at brit bat/simchat bat.

Bay Area

Piser & Piser Mohelim

Piser & Piser Mohelim
piserfam@comcast.net
Urologist Joel Piser, M.D.
Hand/plastic surgeon Jing Hsieh Piser, M.D.

Practicing Bay Area urologist/plastic and hand surgeon; husband/wife mohelim team, trained and certified by Hebrew Union College; performing personalized, spiritually enlightening brit milah and hatafat dam brit (for previously circumcised converts) since 1991.

Northern California

Rabbi Moshe Trager

(415) 366-6757 RabbiTrager@CaliMohel.com www.CaliMohel.com
Certified mohel Rabbi Moshe Trager

The rabbi is Northern California's only full-time mohel, serving the entire region and beyond, with a practice focused exclusively on brissim. He works with Jewish and interfaith couples and welcomes all family types. He's performed 5,000+ procedures and is recommended by parents, rabbis and physicians. (In fact, many of his clients are urologists, OB/Gyns and surgeons who want the best for their sons.) He uses modern pain control paired with unmatched speed and precision. He says ritual circumcision is "a fundamental expression of Jewish identity filled with meaning and the least traumatic way to circumcise an infant." According to Jewish law, he is obligated to complete the procedure as quickly and painlessly as possible. That said, many parents struggle with the decision to circumcise their son; he alleviates their concerns with accurate information.

East Bay

Stuart Avram Zangwill, M.D.

(510) 384-8363 zmohel@gmail.com www.zmohel.com

Pediatrician and certified mohel Stuart Avram Zangwill, M.D.

Performs spiritual, meaningful brit milah ceremonies for all affiliations and interfaith couples. Board-certified pediatrician with over 20 years experience performing circumcisions with anesthesia/pain control.

Adoption & Infertility

Bay Area

Adoption Connection

Adoption Connection 1710 Scott St. Fax: P.O. Box 159004 San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 359-2494 families@adoptionconnection.org www.adoptionconnection.org
(415) 359-2494 (office), (800) 972-9225 (hotline for expectant women) families@adoptionconnection.org

Provides support and services to adoptive parents as they grow their families as well as to birth mothers as they gain stability during and after their pregnancies. A full-service, nonprofit, licensed adoption agency and a national leader in open adoption. The agency has assisted with over 3,000 adoptions since 1985 and is proud to be the recipient of the All Children All Families award from the Human Rights Campaign. A member of the California Association of Adoption Agencies and the National Council for Adoption.

Services include:

  • Adoption homestudies to adoptive parents residing in one of the 19 Counties in the Greater Bay Area
  • Adoption education classes
  • Nationwide birth mother outreach and matching program
  • Birth mother support and counseling
  • Post-placement visitation and reporting
  • Second parent adoptions

North Bay

Donor Concierge

Donor Concierge 7 Biscayne Court San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 663-6097 www.donorconcierge.com/egg-donor-search/ethnicities/jewish-egg-donors

Finds egg donors and surrogates, helping intended parents have the baby they always wanted. A search includes more than 100 of the best agencies around the country. In most cases, agency can offer a choice of 20-40 egg donors or 4-6 surrogates who can help clients complete their family. Specializes in helping Jewish parents find Jewish egg donors. Also finds surrogates so clients can move forward quickly to create the family they've always dreamed of.

East Bay

Hasidah

(415) 323-3226 info@hasidah.org www.hasidah.org

Hasidah (stork in Hebrew) provides assistance to Jews of all backgrounds who are experiencing fertility challenges. Hasidah's mission is to build Jewish families in the following ways: (1) Builds awareness of infertility issues in the Jewish community. (2) Helps people experiencing infertility navigate to needed support services through collaborations with other organizations such as healing centers, foundations, social service organizations, free loan associations, donor agencies, congregations and various fertility agencies. (3) Provides financial assistance to Jews seeking IVF treatment for infertility. (4) Provides spiritual care for people experiencing infertility and trains clergy to provide care and to make their communities more sensitive about infertility.

Brit Bat/Simchat Bat (Rejoicing for Daughter

The birth of a baby girl is traditionally marked in the synagogue when her father or parents are called to the Torah on the Sabbath to give the newborn her Hebrew name. The past decade has seen the development of various naming ceremonies for girls. In fact, there is a growing liturgy around the brit bat, and various alternative rituals have been proposed. This ritual is frequently performed on the eighth day of a baby girl’s life.

Brit Milah (Circumcision)

The ritual of brit milah is performed to symbolize the covenant between God and the people of Israel. The brit (or bris) takes place on the eighth day of a male baby's life (provided there are no health problems). Traditionally, the brit is performed by a mohel, a ritual circumciser familiar with the relevant laws and customs.

Santa Cruz

Alternative Bris Support Group

Alternative Bris Support Group Mail to: P.O. Box 1305 Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 475-3313 Alternativebris@gmail.com


Provides support and information on alternative brit ceremonies and medical, religious and cultural information for parents considering covenant/naming ceremonies without circumcision.

San Francisco

Brit Shalom Celebrant List

773 Duncan St. San Francisco, CA 94131
(415) 647-2687 mdreissmd@gmail.com www.britshalom.info
Mark David Reiss, M.D.

Brit shalom is a non-cutting naming ceremony that replaces brit milah (ritual circumcision) for newborn Jewish boys. It is not intended for boys who have previously been circumcised in a hospital. It can be similar to the naming ceremony traditionally used for baby girls. It may be performed by a rabbi. cantor or an experienced lay leader. If desired, celebrants can aid parents in creating or adapting their own ceremony from existing templates and models. The ceremony has also been termed alternative brit (or bris), brit ben, brit rechitzah (washing the feet of the baby), brit b'li milah (covenant without cutting), brit ha lev (covenant of the heart) and brit chayim (covenant of life). Not all of the celebrants listed are opposed to brit milah; however, they are all committed to providing service to families unwilling to circumcise their sons, by officiating at brit shalom ceremonies. This list is continually being updated. At current count, 223 celebrants, mostly rabbis, are available in 40 states, plus the District of Columbia, as well as Canada and many other countries.

Bay Area

Debra Weiss-Ishai, M.D.

(510) 589-8556 mohel@TheBrisDoctor.com www.TheBrisDoctor.com
Certified mohel and pediatrician Debra Weiss-Ishai, M.D.

Certified mohel and board-certified pediatrician performing traditional personalized and enriching brit milah/bris ceremonies. Inclusive of all affiliations. Pain control/local anesthetic used. Serving the San Francisco Bay Area/Sacramento and beyond. Also performs naming ceremonies for girls.

San Francisco

Eric Tabas, M.D.

450 Sutter St., Suite 1324 San Francisco, CA 94108-4206
(415) 397-2331 Fax: (415) 397-4225 www.erictabasmd.yourmd.com


A board-certified OB/GYN, as well as a board-certified Reform mohel practicing in San Francisco for over 20 years. Endeavors to joyfully celebrate life and personalize each brit milah ceremony.

Bay Area

Lisa Braver Moss

lisabravermoss@gmail.com www.lisabravermoss.com

Bay Area author-activist working toward open inclusion of non-circumcising families in Jewish life. Website offers articles, videos and other resources for Jewish and interfaith families who choose not to circumcise or who are considering other options. Also offers guidance for synagogues and other Jewish institutions wishing to ensure that non-circumcising families realize that they're welcome. Co-Author of "Celebrating Brit Shalom" with Rebecca Wald, the first-ever book specifically for Jewish families opting out of circumcision, and for rabbis wishing to meet their ceremonial needs.  Book includes sheet music and guidance on holding a Brit Shalom service.

East Bay

Mark M. Rubenstein, M.D.

147 Los Altos Ave. Walnut Creek, CA 94598
(925) 932-6650 (home)/ (925) 212-9964 (cell) Fax: (925) 937-6650 www.mohelrubenstein.com
Pediatrician (retired) Mark M. Rubenstein, M.D.
Yvonne L. LaLanne, D.C.

Diversity sensitive, personalized brit milah ceremonies serving entire Bay Area. Interfaith education. 40+ years experience. Questions welcome; references available. Also officiates at brit bat/simchat bat.

Bay Area

Piser & Piser Mohelim

Piser & Piser Mohelim
piserfam@comcast.net
Urologist Joel Piser, M.D.
Hand/plastic surgeon Jing Hsieh Piser, M.D.

Practicing Bay Area urologist/plastic and hand surgeon; husband/wife mohelim team, trained and certified by Hebrew Union College; performing personalized, spiritually enlightening brit milah and hatafat dam brit (for previously circumcised converts) since 1991.

Northern California

Rabbi Moshe Trager

(415) 366-6757 RabbiTrager@CaliMohel.com www.CaliMohel.com
Certified mohel Rabbi Moshe Trager

The rabbi is Northern California's only full-time mohel, serving the entire region and beyond, with a practice focused exclusively on brissim. He works with Jewish and interfaith couples and welcomes all family types. He's performed 5,000+ procedures and is recommended by parents, rabbis and physicians. (In fact, many of his clients are urologists, OB/Gyns and surgeons who want the best for their sons.) He uses modern pain control paired with unmatched speed and precision. He says ritual circumcision is "a fundamental expression of Jewish identity filled with meaning and the least traumatic way to circumcise an infant." According to Jewish law, he is obligated to complete the procedure as quickly and painlessly as possible. That said, many parents struggle with the decision to circumcise their son; he alleviates their concerns with accurate information.

East Bay

Stuart Avram Zangwill, M.D.

(510) 384-8363 zmohel@gmail.com www.zmohel.com

Pediatrician and certified mohel Stuart Avram Zangwill, M.D.

Performs spiritual, meaningful brit milah ceremonies for all affiliations and interfaith couples. Board-certified pediatrician with over 20 years experience performing circumcisions with anesthesia/pain control.

Circumcision Alternatives

Pidyon Haben (First-born Redemption)

A pidyon haben, redemption of a son, takes place 30 days after the birth of a first-born baby boy. The tradition is based on the belief that first-born sons were to serve God in the Temple. To redeem them from that obligation, five shekels were given to the Temple priests, who then served in the Temple instead. The ceremony today usually involves a symbolic charitable donation.

Chanukat Habayit

In the traditional ceremony of “dedicating the home,” a mezuzah is put up within 30 days of moving into a new home. A mezuzah is a small container that holds a handwritten scroll of parchment with Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21 on the front side and the word Shaddai (Almighty) on the back. The passages contain the Shema, considered the watchword of Jewish faith, proclaiming the oneness of God. The mezuzah is placed on the upper third of the doorpost, on the right side as one enters.

Confirmation

For Reform and some Conservative Jews, the confirmation year (10th or 11th grade) represents a special time of celebration and commitment. It includes study and meetings with the rabbi, culminating in a special service, often held during the Shavuot holiday, which commemorates the receiving of the Torah by the Jewish people.

Death

The Jewish traditions related to death and mourning are intended to recognize death as a part of life. Burial takes place as soon after death as possible. Traditional caskets are of plain wood, embalming and viewing of the body are shunned, and flowers are discouraged. Rabbis should be consulted for specific questions about burial and mourning practices such as the observance of shiva, recitation of the Kaddish, yahrzeit observance and attending yizkor services. Funeral homes and chevra kadishas (burial societies) can also answer questions.

South Bay

Beth David Memorial Garden

Congregation Beth David 300 Curtner Ave. San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 257-3333 www.beth-david.org
(408) 257-3333

The attractively landscaped memorial garden, located at Oak Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park in San Jose, includes 400 burial sites and offers pastoral solitude to mourners. A focal point is the Wall of Remembrance, providing the community an opportunity to place memorial plaques in honor of loved ones buried elsewhere.  As a Conservative synagogue, affiliated with the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism, Beth David observes burial practices associated with traditional Judaism. Only those of the Jewish faith may be buried in the garden, comforted that their eternal resting place will be preserved as sacred Jewish ground. Oak Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park provides perpetual care.

Northern California

The Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks in the West

(CPPJCLW) P.O. Box 433 Aptos, CA 95001
(831) 607-8749 pioneerjewishcemeteries@gmail.com www.pioneerjewishcemeteries.org
(831) 607-8749 pioneerjewishcemeteries@gmail.com

Established in 1962, the commission maintains, restores and educates the public about the seven 1850s pioneer Jewish historic cemeteries in the California Gold Country: Sonora, Mokelumne Hill, Jackson, Placerville, Nevada City, Grass Valley and Marysville.  During the Gold Rush era, numerous Jewish merchants were in these communities.. Some individuals also became leaders in local civic affairs. At a time when there were few established synagogues, these cemeteries were critical to Jewish residents living in this region.   The commission offers presentations and welcomes visits to these cemeteries.

South Bay

Chevra Kadisha of the South Bay

c/o Congregation Am Echad 1504 Meridian Ave. San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 264-3138/ (408) 425-6911 Fax: (408) 268-6558 bergman.d@sbcglobal.net
Pat Bergman (408) 264-3138/ (408) 425-6911 Fax: (408) 268-6558 bergman.d@sbcglobal.net
Menashe David Taban (408) 264-3138/ (408) 425-6911 Fax: (408) 268-6558 bergman.d@sbcglobal.net

Orthodox Jewish volunteers will prepare any Jewish deceased in the Greater South Bay area for burial at the request of the family. Tax-deductible donations are welcome to help cover expenses and funerals for indigent Jews.

East Bay

Sinai Memorial Chapel, East Bay Branch

3415 Mt. Diablo Blvd Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 962-3636 Fax: (925) 284-3962 jlewis@sinaichapel.org www.sinaichapel.org
Managing funeral director Jay A. Lewis (925) 962-3636 Fax: (925) 284-3962 jlewis@sinaichapel.org
Funeral director Roger Meyer (925) 962-3636 Fax: (925) 284-3962 jlewis@sinaichapel.org

The only full-service Jewish funeral home and chevra kadisha serving the entire spectrum of the Bay Area Jewish community,  including the affiliated, the unaffiliated, and the intermarried for 114 years. Provides traditional and  alternative funeral and burial arrangements, advanced planning, and  bereavement support for mourners. A community-owned, not-for-profit membership organization.

South Bay

Gan Emet Cemetery

Congregation Emeth/Emeth Gardens Gavilan Hills Memorial Park Fax: 1000 First St. Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 778-8200 ritual@emeth.net www.emeth.net/ganemet
(408) 778-8200 ritual@emeth.net


Newly expanded and landscaped cemetery, three times its original size, serving the needs of the South Bay Jewish community. Single/double-depth burials, cremation options, pre-selecting plots and pre-purchasing available. Natural setting. Unaffiliated welcome. Habing Funeral Home and Congregation Emeth entered into an agreement, and the Jewish section of Gavilan Hills Memorial Park is now under the congregation's management. The expansion and beautification of the cemetery was a yearlong process. In keeping with Jewish tradition, a physical boundary and a fence were installed around the Jewish section, under the direction of Rabbi Debbie Israel and the synagogue's ritual committee. A Holocaust memorial now resides within the Jewish section. As part of the arrangement with Habing Funeral Home, the rabbi and cemetery committee regularly check the site to be certain standards are maintained.

East Bay

Gan Shalom Cemetery

Sinai Memorial Chapel 1100 Bear Creek Road Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 228-3636 Fax: (925) 284-3962 jlewis@sinaichapel.org www.ganshalomcemetery.org
Managing funeral director Jay A. Lewis (925) 228-3636 Fax: (925) 284-3962 jlewis@sinaichapel.org

Serves the entire East Bay Jewish community, offering burial to all religious streams, the unaffiliated and the intermarried. There are dedicated Orthodox and Conservative sections. The Tel Shalom Burial Association has a dedicated section within the larger cemetery as do Congregations B'nai Shalom and B'nai Tikvah in Walnut Creek and Temple Isaiah in Lafayette. The cemetery is a memorial park, accommodating flat markers only, family estates and the burial of cremains.  The not-for-profit cemetery is owned by Sinai Memorial Chapel Chevra Kadisha, which manages the cemetery.

Bay Area

Grief and Growing (TM): A Healing Weekend

Bay Area Jewish Healing Center (BAJHC) 2530 Taraval St., Suite 202 San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 750-4197 Fax: (415) 750-4115 program@bajhc.org www.jewishhealingcenter.org
Rabbis Eric Weiss and Natan Fenner

This weekend for bereaved individuals and all types of families is designed to identify tools to help mourners in a weekend residential setting. Co-sponsored by Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, Jewish LearningWorks and Sinai Memorial Chapel.

East Bay

Home of Eternity 


Temple Sinai 
 Mail to: 2808 Summit St., Oakland, CA 94609 Fax: 5000 Piedmont Ave. Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 451-3263 Fax: (510) 465-0603 cemetery@oaklandsinai.org www.oaklandsinai.org
Cemetery administrator Robin Reiner (510) 451-3263 Fax: (510) 465-0603 cemetery@oaklandsinai.org
Cemetery administrator Robin Reiner (510) 451-3263 Fax: (510) 465-0603 cemetery@oaklandsinai.org

Historic cemetery in the Piedmont/Oakland area serving the entire Jewish community.  Burial, cremation and mausoleum options.  Helpful information provided on pre-need or at-need services.

South Bay

Home of Peace Cemetery

Temple Emanu-El Mail to: 1010 University Ave. San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 292-0939 Fax: (408) 292-7625 www.templesanjose.org/cemetery
Cemetery administrator Wayne Rose (408) 266-4184 (cemetery)/ (408) 292-0939 (temple office) Fax: (408) 292-7625

Jewish-owned cemetery, mausoleum and columbarium, serving the entire Jewish community since 1853.

Santa Cruz

Home of Peace/Home of Eternity

Temple Beth El/JCC 3055 Porter Gulch Road Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 479-3444 Fax: (831) 475-7246 info@tbeaptos.org www.tbeaptos.org
Wally Brondstatter (831) 479-3444 Fax: (831) 475-7246 info@tbeaptos.org
Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel (831) 423-5721

Burials take place in one of two attractive cemeteries: Beit Shalom (Home of Peace) Cemetery on Meder Street,  Beit Olam (Eternal Home) Cemetery on Old San Jose Road in Soquel. People who have been members of Temple Beth El for at least two years may purchase plots at Home of Peace and qualify for member discounts at Beit Olam.

Bay Area

Bereavement and Healing Program – JFCS

Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 2150 Post St. Fax: P.O. Box 159004 San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 449-3879 DanielI@jfcs.org www.jfcs.org
Director of spiritual care services Daniel Isaacson (415) 449-3879 DanielI@jfcs.org

Comprehensive bereavement and healing services for those coping with grief and loss, including counseling, information and referral, and bereavement/grief support groups. Groups are suitable for anyone who has suffered a loss, regardless of age, faith, or relation to your loved one.

South Bay

Los Gatos Memorial Park

2255 Los Gatos-Almaden Road San Jose, CA 95124
(408) 356-4151 Fax: (408) 356-7893 www.losgatosmemorialpark.com
(408) 356-4151 Fax: (408) 356-7893

Honoring the Jewish community's traditions with attractive, affordable space available in Shalom Garden. Burial, cremation and a wide variety of permanent memorialization options available.  Shalom Garden has been recently expanded.  Call or visit the office to schedule a tour.

North Bay

Ner Tamid Jewish Cemetery 


St. Helena Cemetery 2461 Spring St. St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 251-9092 info@napavalleynertamid.com www.napavalleynertamid.com
Contact: Donna Mendelsohn

The North Bay's newest Jewish cemetery is located in the scenic 160-year-old St. Helena Cemetery at section 26. It was consecrated on May 26, 2013. This community cemetery, open to Jews and their families regardless of affiliation, has been landscaped and demarcated from the larger community cemetery with attractive borders and a monument with specific Jewish significance. The section consists of 130 burial plots within the tree-filled, tranquil larger cemetery that is rich in California and local history.

Bay Area

NextSteps for Mourners

Sinai Memorial Chapel 1501 Divisadero St. San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 921-3636 nextsteps@sinaichapel.org www.sinaichapel.org
(415) 921-3636 nextsteps@sinaichapel.org

Mourner care program coordinators help clients identify the transitions and the challenges of bereavement. This program, which serves the entire Bay Area, provides short-term counseling and connects mourners to appropriate community resources. It also provides community education. There is no fee for this service.

Peninsula

Sinai Memorial Chapel, Peninsula and South Bay Branch

777 Woodside Road, Suite C Redwood City,, CA 94061
(650) 369-3636/ (408) 297-3636/ Fax: (650) 369-3630 jesenwein@sinaichapel.org www.sinaichapel.org
Managing funeral director Jim Esenwein (650) 369-3636/ (408) 297-3636 Fax: (650) 369-3630 jesenwein@sinaichapel.org

The only full-service Jewish funeral home and chevra kadisha serving the entire spectrum of the Bay Area Jewish community for 114 years. Provides traditional and  alternative funeral and burial arrangements, advanced planning and  bereavement support for mourners. A community-owned, not-for-profit membership organization.

San Francisco

Eternal Home Cemetery

Sinai Memorial Chapel Mail to: P.O. Box 15579, San Francisco, CA 94115 Fax: 1051 El Camino Real Colma, CA 94014
(650) 755-5236/ (415) 921-3636 Fax: (415) 673-3407 ssalkin@sinaichapel.org www.sinaichapel.org
Executive director Samuel J. Salkin (650) 755-5236/ (415) 921-3636 Fax: (415) 673-3407 ssalkin@sinaichapel.org

Serves the entire Jewish community, offering burial to all religious streams, the unaffiliated, and the intermarried. There is a dedicated Orthodox section.  The cemetery accommodates flat markers, upright monuments, family estates, private mausoleums and the burial of cremains. It is home to two monuments to those who were murdered in the Shoah: a Holocaust Memorial sponsored by Bichor Cholim and the Odessa Holocaust Memorial, created by local community members, formerly from Odessa, Ukraine. The not-for-profit cemetery is owned and operated by Sinai Memorial Chapel Chevra Kadisha.

San Francisco

Sinai Memorial Chapel 


Sinai Memorial Chapel 
 1501 Divisadero St. San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 921-3636 Fax: (415) 673-3407 ssalkin@sinaichapel.org www.sinaichapel.org
Executive director Samuel J. Salkin (415) 921-3636 Fax: (415) 673-3407 ssalkin@sinaichapel.org
Operations manager Robert T. Perez
 (415) 921-3636 Fax: (415) 673-3407

The only full-service Jewish funeral home and chevra kadisha serving the entire spectrum of the Bay Area Jewish community,  including the affiliated, the unaffiliated and the intermarried, for 114 years. Provides traditional and  alternative funeral and burial arrangements, advanced planning and  bereavement support for mourners. A community-owned, not-for-profit membership organization.

Bereavement

Bay Area

Grief and Growing (TM): A Healing Weekend

Bay Area Jewish Healing Center (BAJHC) 2530 Taraval St., Suite 202 San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 750-4197 Fax: (415) 750-4115 program@bajhc.org www.jewishhealingcenter.org
Rabbis Eric Weiss and Natan Fenner

This weekend for bereaved individuals and all types of families is designed to identify tools to help mourners in a weekend residential setting. Co-sponsored by Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, Jewish LearningWorks and Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Bay Area

Bereavement and Healing Program – JFCS

Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties 2150 Post St. Fax: P.O. Box 159004 San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 449-3879 DanielI@jfcs.org www.jfcs.org
Director of spiritual care services Daniel Isaacson (415) 449-3879 DanielI@jfcs.org

Comprehensive bereavement and healing services for those coping with grief and loss, including counseling, information and referral, and bereavement/grief support groups. Groups are suitable for anyone who has suffered a loss, regardless of age, faith, or relation to your loved one.

Bay Area

NextSteps for Mourners

Sinai Memorial Chapel 1501 Divisadero St. San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 921-3636 nextsteps@sinaichapel.org www.sinaichapel.org
(415) 921-3636 nextsteps@sinaichapel.org

Mourner care program coordinators help clients identify the transitions and the challenges of bereavement. This program, which serves the entire Bay Area, provides short-term counseling and connects mourners to appropriate community resources. It also provides community education. There is no fee for this service.

Cemeteries

South Bay

Beth David Memorial Garden

Congregation Beth David 300 Curtner Ave. San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 257-3333 www.beth-david.org
(408) 257-3333

The attractively landscaped memorial garden, located at Oak Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park in San Jose, includes 400 burial sites and offers pastoral solitude to mourners. A focal point is the Wall of Remembrance, providing the community an opportunity to place memorial plaques in honor of loved ones buried elsewhere.  As a Conservative synagogue, affiliated with the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism, Beth David observes burial practices associated with traditional Judaism. Only those of the Jewish faith may be buried in the garden, comforted that their eternal resting place will be preserved as sacred Jewish ground. Oak Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park provides perpetual care.

Northern California

The Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries and Landmarks in the West

(CPPJCLW) P.O. Box 433 Aptos, CA 95001
(831) 607-8749 pioneerjewishcemeteries@gmail.com www.pioneerjewishcemeteries.org
(831) 607-8749 pioneerjewishcemeteries@gmail.com

Established in 1962, the commission maintains, restores and educates the public about the seven 1850s pioneer Jewish historic cemeteries in the California Gold Country: Sonora, Mokelumne Hill, Jackson, Placerville, Nevada City, Grass Valley and Marysville.  During the Gold Rush era, numerous Jewish merchants were in these communities.. Some individuals also became leaders in local civic affairs. At a time when there were few established synagogues, these cemeteries were critical to Jewish residents living in this region.   The commission offers presentations and welcomes visits to these cemeteries.

South Bay

Gan Emet Cemetery

Congregation Emeth/Emeth Gardens Gavilan Hills Memorial Park Fax: 1000 First St. Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 778-8200 ritual@emeth.net www.emeth.net/ganemet
(408) 778-8200 ritual@emeth.net


Newly expanded and landscaped cemetery, three times its original size, serving the needs of the South Bay Jewish community. Single/double-depth burials, cremation options, pre-selecting plots and pre-purchasing available. Natural setting. Unaffiliated welcome. Habing Funeral Home and Congregation Emeth entered into an agreement, and the Jewish section of Gavilan Hills Memorial Park is now under the congregation's management. The expansion and beautification of the cemetery was a yearlong process. In keeping with Jewish tradition, a physical boundary and a fence were installed around the Jewish section, under the direction of Rabbi Debbie Israel and the synagogue's ritual committee. A Holocaust memorial now resides within the Jewish section. As part of the arrangement with Habing Funeral Home, the rabbi and cemetery committee regularly check the site to be certain standards are maintained.

East Bay

Gan Shalom Cemetery

Sinai Memorial Chapel 1100 Bear Creek Road Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 228-3636 Fax: (925) 284-3962 jlewis@sinaichapel.org www.ganshalomcemetery.org
Managing funeral director Jay A. Lewis (925) 228-3636 Fax: (925) 284-3962 jlewis@sinaichapel.org

Serves the entire East Bay Jewish community, offering burial to all religious streams, the unaffiliated and the intermarried. There are dedicated Orthodox and Conservative sections. The Tel Shalom Burial Association has a dedicated section within the larger cemetery as do Congregations B'nai Shalom and B'nai Tikvah in Walnut Creek and Temple Isaiah in Lafayette. The cemetery is a memorial park, accommodating flat markers only, family estates and the burial of cremains.  The not-for-profit cemetery is owned by Sinai Memorial Chapel Chevra Kadisha, which manages the cemetery.

East Bay

Home of Eternity 


Temple Sinai 
 Mail to: 2808 Summit St., Oakland, CA 94609 Fax: 5000 Piedmont Ave. Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 451-3263 Fax: (510) 465-0603 cemetery@oaklandsinai.org www.oaklandsinai.org
Cemetery administrator Robin Reiner (510) 451-3263 Fax: (510) 465-0603 cemetery@oaklandsinai.org
Cemetery administrator Robin Reiner (510) 451-3263 Fax: (510) 465-0603 cemetery@oaklandsinai.org

Historic cemetery in the Piedmont/Oakland area serving the entire Jewish community.  Burial, cremation and mausoleum options.  Helpful information provided on pre-need or at-need services.

South Bay

Home of Peace Cemetery

Temple Emanu-El Mail to: 1010 University Ave. San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 292-0939 Fax: (408) 292-7625 www.templesanjose.org/cemetery
Cemetery administrator Wayne Rose (408) 266-4184 (cemetery)/ (408) 292-0939 (temple office) Fax: (408) 292-7625

Jewish-owned cemetery, mausoleum and columbarium, serving the entire Jewish community since 1853.

Santa Cruz

Home of Peace/Home of Eternity

Temple Beth El/JCC 3055 Porter Gulch Road Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 479-3444 Fax: (831) 475-7246 info@tbeaptos.org www.tbeaptos.org
Wally Brondstatter (831) 479-3444 Fax: (831) 475-7246 info@tbeaptos.org
Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel (831) 423-5721

Burials take place in one of two attractive cemeteries: Beit Shalom (Home of Peace) Cemetery on Meder Street,  Beit Olam (Eternal Home) Cemetery on Old San Jose Road in Soquel. People who have been members of Temple Beth El for at least two years may purchase plots at Home of Peace and qualify for member discounts at Beit Olam.

South Bay

Los Gatos Memorial Park

2255 Los Gatos-Almaden Road San Jose, CA 95124
(408) 356-4151 Fax: (408) 356-7893 www.losgatosmemorialpark.com
(408) 356-4151 Fax: (408) 356-7893

Honoring the Jewish community's traditions with attractive, affordable space available in Shalom Garden. Burial, cremation and a wide variety of permanent memorialization options available.  Shalom Garden has been recently expanded.  Call or visit the office to schedule a tour.

North Bay

Ner Tamid Jewish Cemetery 


St. Helena Cemetery 2461 Spring St. St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 251-9092 info@napavalleynertamid.com www.napavalleynertamid.com
Contact: Donna Mendelsohn

The North Bay's newest Jewish cemetery is located in the scenic 160-year-old St. Helena Cemetery at section 26. It was consecrated on May 26, 2013. This community cemetery, open to Jews and their families regardless of affiliation, has been landscaped and demarcated from the larger community cemetery with attractive borders and a monument with specific Jewish significance. The section consists of 130 burial plots within the tree-filled, tranquil larger cemetery that is rich in California and local history.

San Francisco

Eternal Home Cemetery

Sinai Memorial Chapel Mail to: P.O. Box 15579, San Francisco, CA 94115 Fax: 1051 El Camino Real Colma, CA 94014
(650) 755-5236/ (415) 921-3636 Fax: (415) 673-3407 ssalkin@sinaichapel.org www.sinaichapel.org
Executive director Samuel J. Salkin (650) 755-5236/ (415) 921-3636 Fax: (415) 673-3407 ssalkin@sinaichapel.org

Serves the entire Jewish community, offering burial to all religious streams, the unaffiliated, and the intermarried. There is a dedicated Orthodox section.  The cemetery accommodates flat markers, upright monuments, family estates, private mausoleums and the burial of cremains. It is home to two monuments to those who were murdered in the Shoah: a Holocaust Memorial sponsored by Bichor Cholim and the Odessa Holocaust Memorial, created by local community members, formerly from Odessa, Ukraine. The not-for-profit cemetery is owned and operated by Sinai Memorial Chapel Chevra Kadisha.

Funerals

South Bay

Chevra Kadisha of the South Bay

c/o Congregation Am Echad 1504 Meridian Ave. San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 264-3138/ (408) 425-6911 Fax: (408) 268-6558 bergman.d@sbcglobal.net
Pat Bergman (408) 264-3138/ (408) 425-6911 Fax: (408) 268-6558 bergman.d@sbcglobal.net
Menashe David Taban (408) 264-3138/ (408) 425-6911 Fax: (408) 268-6558 bergman.d@sbcglobal.net

Orthodox Jewish volunteers will prepare any Jewish deceased in the Greater South Bay area for burial at the request of the family. Tax-deductible donations are welcome to help cover expenses and funerals for indigent Jews.

East Bay

Sinai Memorial Chapel, East Bay Branch

3415 Mt. Diablo Blvd Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 962-3636 Fax: (925) 284-3962 jlewis@sinaichapel.org www.sinaichapel.org
Managing funeral director Jay A. Lewis (925) 962-3636 Fax: (925) 284-3962 jlewis@sinaichapel.org
Funeral director Roger Meyer (925) 962-3636 Fax: (925) 284-3962 jlewis@sinaichapel.org

The only full-service Jewish funeral home and chevra kadisha serving the entire spectrum of the Bay Area Jewish community,  including the affiliated, the unaffiliated, and the intermarried for 114 years. Provides traditional and  alternative funeral and burial arrangements, advanced planning, and  bereavement support for mourners. A community-owned, not-for-profit membership organization.

Peninsula

Sinai Memorial Chapel, Peninsula and South Bay Branch

777 Woodside Road, Suite C Redwood City,, CA 94061
(650) 369-3636/ (408) 297-3636/ Fax: (650) 369-3630 jesenwein@sinaichapel.org www.sinaichapel.org
Managing funeral director Jim Esenwein (650) 369-3636/ (408) 297-3636 Fax: (650) 369-3630 jesenwein@sinaichapel.org

The only full-service Jewish funeral home and chevra kadisha serving the entire spectrum of the Bay Area Jewish community for 114 years. Provides traditional and  alternative funeral and burial arrangements, advanced planning and  bereavement support for mourners. A community-owned, not-for-profit membership organization.

San Francisco

Sinai Memorial Chapel 


Sinai Memorial Chapel 
 1501 Divisadero St. San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 921-3636 Fax: (415) 673-3407 ssalkin@sinaichapel.org www.sinaichapel.org
Executive director Samuel J. Salkin (415) 921-3636 Fax: (415) 673-3407 ssalkin@sinaichapel.org
Operations manager Robert T. Perez
 (415) 921-3636 Fax: (415) 673-3407

The only full-service Jewish funeral home and chevra kadisha serving the entire spectrum of the Bay Area Jewish community,  including the affiliated, the unaffiliated and the intermarried, for 114 years. Provides traditional and  alternative funeral and burial arrangements, advanced planning and  bereavement support for mourners. A community-owned, not-for-profit membership organization.

Monuments

Divorce

Couples contemplating divorce are urged to consult with a rabbi regarding the advisability of obtaining a religious divorce in addition to a civil divorce.

Peninsula

Rabbinical Court for Jewish Divorce

(650) 857-1800 Fax: (650) 857-0601 rabbi@emekberacha.org
Administrator Rabbi Yitzchok Feldman (650) 857-1800 Fax: (650) 857-0601 rabbi@emekberacha.org

When dissolving a marriage, Jewish law requires the couple to execute a get, a document of divorce. The Rabbinical Court arranges for the get to be written and delivered in a way that is recognized as legitimate throughout the world, including by the Rabbanut in Israel.

Lifecycle Resources

Local congregations, individual rabbis, agencies and organizations provide support, advice, counseling and services to assist individuals and families during various lifecycle events. Congregations and additional religious organizations are listed in Chapter 4, Religious Life.

Bay Area

InterfaithFamily

San Francisco Bay Area
(415) 878-1998 bayarea@interfaithfamily.com www.interfaithfamily.com/bayarea
Bay Area director Rabbi Mychal Copeland

Premier resource for interfaith couples exploring Jewish life, providing in-depth, easy-to-access resources that empower couples to make Jewish choices and help their families embrace the choices they make.   Local resources include workshops and classes for interfaith couples and families, as well as training programs and guidance for professionals and lay people who work with them. Online resources include guides for lifecycle events, articles, and essays and discussions about the unique issues interfaith families face. Also provided are resources for connecting with clergy, synagogues and other Jewish organizations, and information on events throughout the Bay Area for interfaith couples. Believes that maximizing the number of interfaith families who find fulfillment in Jewish life and raise their children as Jews is essential to the future strength and vitality of the Jewish community. Through the website and local programming, this organization connects interfaith families to each other and to the local Jewish community, and also advocates for inclusive attitudes, policies and practices.

Bay Area

InterfaithFamily

San Francisco Bay Area
(415) 878-1998 bayarea@interfaithfamily.com www.interfaithfamily.com/bayarea
Bay Area director Rabbi Mychal Copeland

Premier resource for interfaith couples exploring Jewish life, providing in-depth, easy-to-access resources that empower couples to make Jewish choices and help their families embrace the choices they make.  Local resources include workshops and classes for interfaith couples and families, as well as training programs and guidance for professionals and lay people who work with them. Online resources include guides for lifecycle events, articles, and essays and discussions about the unique issues interfaith families face. Also provided are resources for connecting with clergy, synagogues and other Jewish organizations, and information on events throughout the Bay Area for interfaith couples. Believes that maximizing the number of interfaith families who find fulfillment in Jewish life and raise their children as Jews is essential to the future strength and vitality of the Jewish community. Through the website and local programming, this organization connects interfaith families to each other and to the local Jewish community, and also advocates for inclusive attitudes, policies and practices.

Bay Area

Rabbi Howard Steiermann

(415) 695-9155 www.SFHoward.com
Rabbi Howard Steiermann (415) 695-9155

Hosts and guests can share a personalized and heartfelt event through a warm, welcoming style. Interdenominational, multicultural, traditional or nontraditional ceremonies throughout the Bay Area.

North Bay

Rabbi Ira Book

Veterans Home of California 100 California Drive Yountville, CA 94599
(916) 752-2422 (cell)/ (707) 944-4840 (chapel) isbook@comcast.net
Pastoral care chaplain Ira Book (916) 752-2422 (cell)/ (707) 944-4840 (chapel office) isbook@comcast.net

Ordained-rabbi (1970) and board-certified California state chaplain providing spiritual care and  support for lifecycle needs for people of all faith backgrounds.

Other Resources

Bay Area

InterfaithFamily

San Francisco Bay Area
(415) 878-1998 bayarea@interfaithfamily.com www.interfaithfamily.com/bayarea
Bay Area director Rabbi Mychal Copeland

Premier resource for interfaith couples exploring Jewish life, providing in-depth, easy-to-access resources that empower couples to make Jewish choices and help their families embrace the choices they make.   Local resources include workshops and classes for interfaith couples and families, as well as training programs and guidance for professionals and lay people who work with them. Online resources include guides for lifecycle events, articles, and essays and discussions about the unique issues interfaith families face. Also provided are resources for connecting with clergy, synagogues and other Jewish organizations, and information on events throughout the Bay Area for interfaith couples. Believes that maximizing the number of interfaith families who find fulfillment in Jewish life and raise their children as Jews is essential to the future strength and vitality of the Jewish community. Through the website and local programming, this organization connects interfaith families to each other and to the local Jewish community, and also advocates for inclusive attitudes, policies and practices.

Bay Area

Rabbi Howard Steiermann

(415) 695-9155 www.SFHoward.com
Rabbi Howard Steiermann (415) 695-9155

Hosts and guests can share a personalized and heartfelt event through a warm, welcoming style. Interdenominational, multicultural, traditional or nontraditional ceremonies throughout the Bay Area.

North Bay

Rabbi Ira Book

Veterans Home of California 100 California Drive Yountville, CA 94599
(916) 752-2422 (cell)/ (707) 944-4840 (chapel) isbook@comcast.net
Pastoral care chaplain Ira Book (916) 752-2422 (cell)/ (707) 944-4840 (chapel office) isbook@comcast.net

Ordained-rabbi (1970) and board-certified California state chaplain providing spiritual care and  support for lifecycle needs for people of all faith backgrounds.

Marriage

Marriage within the Jewish community is packed with familial, social and religious considerations. Jewish weddings are often a joining not only of two individuals and their families, but also of different parts of the community. Above all, a wedding is a simcha, a commandment in which the bride and groom rejoice. The main elements of a wedding are kiddushin and erusin (sanctification of betrothal), the betrothal blessing, presentation of the ring, reading of the ketubah (marriage contract) and its presentation to the bride, recitation of the seven marriage blessings, drinking of wine to sanctify the marriage, and breaking of the glass (to remember the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem even on joyous occasions). Additional traditions are the bedeken, in which the groom places the veil over his bride’s face, and the encircling of the groom by the bride. Although a Jewish wedding need not take place in a synagogue, most Jews planning to marry turn to a rabbi or synagogue for some aspect of the wedding. For information about synagogues and rituals, see Chapter 4, Religious Life & Congregations. Marriage preparation classes are offered in many branches of Jewish Family & Children’s Services, listed in Chapter 6, Social Services.

East Bay

Rabbi Cantor Sara Shendelman

1743 Oregon St. Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 644-2956 songbirds22@gmail.com sarashendelman.blogspot.com
Rabbi Cantor Sara Shendelman (510) 644-2956 songbirds22@gmail.com

Provides rabbinic and cantorial services for Jewish, spiritual and interfaith ceremonies: weddings, baby blessings and namings, bar and bat mitzvah tutoring, funerals and memorial ceremonies.   Every ceremony is created with and for the client, and it is personal, meaningful, joyous and spiritual.  Intuitive counseling for individuals and couples. Grief counseling

San Francisco

Rabbi Howard Steiermann

(415) 695-9155 www.SFHoward.com
Ritual facilitator and wedding officiant Rabbi Howard Steiermann (415) 695-9155

Hosts and guests can share a personalized and heartfelt event through a warm, welcoming style. Interdenominational, multicultural, traditional or nontraditional ceremonies throughout the Bay Area.

Marriage Officiating

Also see Chapter 4, Religious Life & Congregations.

East Bay

Rabbi Cantor Sara Shendelman

1743 Oregon St. Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 644-2956 songbirds22@gmail.com sarashendelman.blogspot.com
Rabbi Cantor Sara Shendelman (510) 644-2956 songbirds22@gmail.com

Provides rabbinic and cantorial services for Jewish, spiritual and interfaith ceremonies: weddings, baby blessings and namings, bar and bat mitzvah tutoring, funerals and memorial ceremonies.   Every ceremony is created with and for the client, and it is personal, meaningful, joyous and spiritual.  Intuitive counseling for individuals and couples. Grief counseling

San Francisco

Rabbi Howard Steiermann

(415) 695-9155 www.SFHoward.com
Ritual facilitator and wedding officiant Rabbi Howard Steiermann (415) 695-9155

Hosts and guests can share a personalized and heartfelt event through a warm, welcoming style. Interdenominational, multicultural, traditional or nontraditional ceremonies throughout the Bay Area.

Mikvah

A ritual pool of fresh "living" water, the mikvah is used for both physical and spiritual purification. For some Jews, married life involves laws of taharat hamishpacha (family purity), which require a wife's monthly immersion in a mikvah after menstruation before she reunites with her husband. The mikvah is used today by some brides and grooms before their wedding. Jews-by-choice traditionally visit the mikvah as part of their conversion process.

Peninsula

Dryan Family Mikvah

Dryan Family Mikvah 3070 Louis Road Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 493-5555/ (650) 494-2737 Fax: (650) 493-3425 levind@hotmail.com
Dena Levin (650) 493-5555/ (650) 494-2737 Fax: (650) 493-3425 levind@hotmail.com

Nightly mikvah appointments for women from all Jewish backgrounds. Mornings and Friday afternoon for men. Tours available by appointment. Groups welcome. Classes for brides and beginners.

North Bay

Mikvah Chaya Mushka

Chabad of Marin 1150 Idylberry Road San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 610-6202

By appointment. Call Guila at (415) 610-6202.

South Bay

Mikvah Society of San Jose

1670 Phantom Ave. San Jose, CA 95125-5654
(408) 264-3138/ (408) 460-3675 bergman.d@sbcglobal.net
Pat Bergman (408) 264-3138/ (408) 460-3675 bergman.d@sbcglobal.net

By appointment only.  Women, please call at least three days in advance.  $20 donation requested. Extra charge for same-day appointments.  Men's hours: Friday and/or Erev Yom Tov mornings only; $5 donation requested.

Rabbinical Councils

East Bay

East Bay Council of Rabbis

Temple Israel 3183 Mecartney Road Alameda, CA 94502
(510) 522-9355
President Rabbi Barnett J. Brickner

The East Bay association of Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist and Renewal rabbis who represent Jewish communal interests.