Full-service egalitarian, haimish, participatory congregation open to all. Weekly Shabbat services and morning minyan twice a month. Adult education, religious school and youth groups, Tot Shabbat, monthly Shabbat dinners and social get-togethers. Trial membership available
CongregationsBecause Bay Area residents come from a variety of communities and backgrounds, our synagogues take pride in being warm, welcoming and inclusive. Call individual synagogues for information about schedules for services, holiday worship, bar/bat mitzvah training, religious schools, day care, children’s and adult classes, and special program offerings.
Offers social and community service programs in addition to Shabbat and festival services and educational programs
A friendly, diverse and creative Orthodox community that brings tradition to life, making Judaism relevant and meaningful. This community has a rich history of more than 60 years in San Francisco, and it is booming with an influx of young professionals and families. Offerings include adult education, a multitude of youth programs, holiday and Shabbat services, a daily minyan and a number of special events throughout the year. Call to inquire about preschool programming, youth education, and one-on-one personalized bar/bat mitzvah preparation.
Synagogue and outreach organization, Shabbat meals, Talmud Torah, private tutoring, summer camp and holiday programs.
Offers Shabbat hospitality, daily minyanim and shiurim (classes). Jewish men and women at any point of observance are welcome.
A Jewish Renewal community, combining innovative and traditional approaches. Meets for holidays, potluck Shabbats, lifecycle events, guest speakers, and progressive discussion groups at homes and sacred spaces throughout Berkeley. Largely lay-led, the Minyan offers opportunities for personal growth and creativity. These gatherings are opportunities for joyful participatory worship, deep learning, and contemplation, with space for music, connection, individual expression, meditation, and dance.
A vital Contra Costa County Jewish community providing a vibrant, embracing, enriching environment for over 450 residents in the Tri-Valley. Offers worship, celebration, youth education, community service, continuing adult education, and a portfolio of enriching events and programs. More than a synagogue, more than a religious school, more than a center for lifecycle events, the congregation is a reflection of each member's desire to define what modern Judaism means for him or her.
Diverse Modern Orthodox synagogue offers services twice daily. Maintains kosher banquet hall and kitchens and offers classes, preschool, mikvah and unique programming for all ages.
Don't believe in God as "big man in heaven," yet want an authentic Jewish spiritual experience - not New Agey or intellectually flabby? This community is welcoming to atheists and secular humanists as well as people deeply committed to their own vision of God. Want a community that is interested in fundamental transformation of our economic and political system? Want a place where Israel is appreciated, but not worshipped, and hence a congregation that is open to strong criticism of its treatment of Palestinians, refugees and non-Orthodox strands of Judaism? Yet in all this, remaining rooted in Torah and Jewish tradition and love for the Jewish people, equally affirming a love for the Earth and our love and caring for the wellbeing of everyone (not just Jews). Creating a safe space to find one's own spiritual connection to God or Goddess or the spiritual reality of the universe. at an egalitarian, politically progressive, neo-Chassidic Jewish Renewal synagogue that welcomes singles, traditional families, LGBTQ, and interfaith couples and families. Services are in both Hebrew and English. They follow the traditional structure of the prayers, yet with plenty of English, plus innovative prayers and guided visualizations, singing and dancing, and meditation.
Inclusive center for Jewish life: Gan Israel Preschool, Community School for Jewish Learning (a joint program with Congregation Ner Shalom of Cotati), adult education, social and culture activities, Shabbat and holiday services, sisterhood, mens club and Judaica shop.
Meets at the Vista Room of the Hillside Clubhouse Friday 7:30 p.m. High Holy Day services at Event Center, Tahoe Room; call for times. Everyone welcome.
Serving the Santa Cruz Jewish community with educational, social and humanitarian programs.
Sharing Jewish joy and inspiration and serving the entire Jewish community. Offers classes and events for every age and level of Jewish observance; a wide range of activities in a welcoming atmosphere. Activities include community outreach and lifecycle events, holiday celebrations, daily minyan, weekly Shabbat services, Shabbat hospitality, adult education, prison and hospital visitation, as well as challah baking and cooking classes. Hebrew school, bar/bat mitzvah training and Camp Gan Israel in the summertime. Also Mommy and Me, for moms and tots. JME: Jewish Marriage Enrichment offers a full-service mikvah and premarital, marital and relationship counseling. Contact for informative mikvah tours and events for women's groups. For those who need a mezuzah for the house door, or tefillin to don, send an email; items will be provided for a nominal fee.
Judaism with a smile. Offers innovative and exciting programs to Jews of all backgrounds and ages: Jewish kids club, teen club, bar/bat mitzvah preparation, Jewish Women's Circle, Jewish men's club, Shabbat services, adult education classes, community dinners, holiday events, hospital/senior visitation and much more. No membership required.
Serving the Jewish communities of Oakland and Piedmont. Offering adult Judaic studies, Shabbat dinners and services, community holiday celebrations, women's group, young adult programs, hospital visitation, camp, Hebrew school. No membership required.
Offering innovative and exciting programs to Jews of all backgrounds and ages: Jewish Learning Institute, kids Hebrew school, bar and bat mitzvah preparation, Jewish Women's Circle, weekly Shabbat services and much more.
Nonprofit community organization located in Cole Valley. The mission is to make Judaism's rich heritage and values available to those in Cole Valley and beyond through community events and educational programs while simultaneously caring for those in need.
Serving the Contra Costa Jewish community. Adult education, Hebrew school, holiday programs and events, bar/bat mitzvah celebrations, Shabbat and daily prayer services. No membership necessary.
Serving the Tri-City with a Hebrew school, holiday programs, services, classes, lifecycle services, women’s events and social programs. No membership required.
Traditional warm Shabbat. No membership fees.
Offering Jews of all backgrounds and ages innovative and exciting programs: Adult education, Rosh Chodesh Society, Shabbat Minyan, holiday programming, bar/bat mitzvah preparation, community Shabbat dinners, youth programs and more.
Holiday awareness programs, adult education, special children's events, beginners Talmud class, Judaism 101 classes, Mommy & Me program, monthly women's gathering, teenage study groups, Aleph Art Room.
Dedicated to serving all Jews throughout Napa Valley with Ahavat Yisrael: an unconditional love and concern for every Jew, regardless of background and affiliation. Offering Shabbat services, holiday awareness programs, women's group, kosher meals, seniors visitation, hospital chaplaincy, prison chaplaincy, Jewish Learning Institute and Torah studies. Also bar/bat mitzvah instruction, circumcision, funeral services and Cuvée Chabad wines.
Friendly community, inspiring and insightful services, educational opportunities and holiday celebrations for adults and children. Torah classes, Hebrew school, Shabbat community, preschool, b'nai mitzvah.
No membership required to participate. Sunday school, bar and bat mitzvah, preschool, adult education, High Holy Day services and holiday events, adult education. Hebrew tutoring for all ages. Summer camp ages 5-12.
Stimulating programs for Jews of all backgrounds: Jewish kids, clubs, b'nai mitzvah preparation, Jewish Women's Circle, men's club, Shabbat and holiday services, adult education, holiday events, Hebrew learning program and more.
Shabbat services, adult education classes, holiday awareness programs, Hebrew school, bar-bat mitzvah lessons, drug prevention. All welcome regardless of religious background, knowledge or level of observance.
Based in Vacaville, a community center for Jewish life, joy, prayer and learning serving the Solano County Jewish community.
Open door to the entire Jewish community. Children's programs, bar/bat mitzvah preparation, teen club, Chabad Hebrew school. Adult education. Beginner and children-friendly services on Shabbat and holidays. Camp Gan Israel, summer and winter.
Serving the Jewish communities of the East County region of Contra Costa. Adult education, Shabbat dinners and services, holiday programs and events, women's group, Hebrew school, hospital visitation, No membership required.
Based in Pleasanton, a community center of Jewish life, joy, prayer and learning serving the Tri-Valley’s Jewish community.
A home for everything Jewish: Events and programs for adults and youth, Hebrew school, Shabbat meals and services, daily services, and informative classes.
Supports the ongoing process of renewing Judaism and bringing its spiritual and ethical vitality into our lives. Draws on kabbalistic and Hassidic sources, and embraces a global vision of the role of all peoples and paths.
Dynamic Renewal shul with musical celebratory Shabbats, contemplative services and transformative High Holy Day observance. Meditation, Kabbalah, mysticism and adult/children's education. Walking distance from Ashby BART.
Musical, spiritual, culturally diverse, innovative, yet also tradition-based. Kabbalat Shabbat and High Holy Day services, potlucks, family/community learning days, holiday celebrations, Tot Shabbat and b'nai mitzvah, educational and social programs. Welcomes straight or LGBTQI, multifaith, all ages. The community draws primarily from the San Mateo Coast and the Peninsula.
Morning minyan Mondays and Thursdays 6:30-8 a.m. and every Rosh Chodesh. Shabbat services begin 10 minutes before sunset and at 9:15 a.m. Saturdays followed by a luncheon. Saturday evening services begin 30 minutes before the end of Shabbat and include Havdallah. Services on all holidays. Hebrew classes for adults and children; call for times.
Inclusive Reform congregation. Family, youth and adult education. Participatory worship. Interfaith couples welcome.
Monthly Shabbat dinners, joyous holiday celebrations, fostering a strong sense of community; toddler through teen programming, extensive library and gift shop. Conservative egalitarian. Warmly welcomes interfaith, singles and LGBTQ.
A warm and energetic community: from the halls of learning, where the innovative religious school expands the young mind, to Talmud study with the rabbis, where deep intellectual discussions take place on ethics and what it means to be Jewish. One of the goals is to foster a love of Judaism in children. The synagogue offers worship learning and social activities for children of all ages, with tot services for preschoolers, Haverim for grades K-3 and Youth Congregation for grades 4-7. Additionally, the main service is always open to the entire family. Members share interests and find a place in the community — whether it is social, worship, education or helping to repair the world (tikkun olam).
Vibrant and innovative Reform Jewish congregation dedicated to Jewish learning, worship, tikkun olam and acts of loving kindness.
A center for Jewish learning, prayer and community in the Tri-Valley. Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. Approximately 225 families from Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, Tracy and surrounding communities. Offers educational, religious and social activities for ages 1 to 101. Popular programs include an award-winning preschool, a religious school with caring and experienced teachers, bar/bat mitzvah preparation, a vibrant youth group for teens and outstanding adult education and Hebrew classes. A volunteer choir, community engagement through social action, and a variety of senior activities. Frequent guest lecturers, concerts and a film festival, a Sukkah Soirée and Shabbat Under the Stars are annual highlights. The rabbi is a nationally known singer-songwriter whose guitar-playing enlivens every worship service and whose rich academic background informs inspiring sermons.
Largest and oldest synagogue on the Monterey Peninsula. Member of the Union for Reform Judaism, in the mainstream of liberal Judaism. Looking to our heritage as a repository of wisdom, insight and numerous possibilities for religious expression.
Modern Orthodox community. Welcomes visitors from all levels of observance. Youth programming, ongoing adult education, social-action committee, Shabbat morning child care, Shabbat lunch, daily services.
A progressive, egalitarian Jewish community, welcoming all, including returning Jews and interfaith families. Hebrew school. Lively musical family services every month.
Intergenerational and egalitarian learning community that emphasizes participation and belonging. Religious school and preschool.
Napa Valley's only synagogue, founded in 1953. Provides a spiritual home to all who want to be a part of the Jewish community. Dedicated to exploring, experiencing and studying Judaism, Jewish heritage, Israel and individual well-being in a context inclusive of Jews of all backgrounds and ideologies, including non-Jews interested in being associated with the Jewish community. A contemporary Reform synagogue and an active member of the Union for Reform Judaism. Offers a full schedule of religious, educational and cultural programs; weekly Shabbat services and religious school. An involved and welcoming congregation supports the synagogue,which provides spiritual guidance for Jewish life and learning.
A diverse community that creates authentic and meaningful points of connection for contemporary Jews. Twice-daily egalitarian minyan, multigenerational programming, preschool, religious school and more.
Gatherings are warm occasions in a community involved in celebrating rituals while reflecting on life's meaning, sharing questions, challenges and joys. Weekly Shabbat services on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. Community Shabbat seders held the second Friday of each month, September through May. During summer months, Sha'BBQs take place in the courtyard. The sisterhood sponsors events and runs the Judaica shop. Offering Sunday school for pre-K to eighth grade, including Sunday morning tefillah with the rabbi. Also midweek Hebrew school for third through eighth grade. Dynamic summer camp on site. A Midrasha affiliate. Adult Hebrew and Jewish education classes held in the social hall or library. Bagel Cafe is open during Sunday school hours, offering an opportunity to nosh and meet with friends.
Traditional Conservative community. Egalitarian, inclusive and multigenerational. Activities for babies to bubbes. Preschool, religious school; non-members welcome. All holidays celebrated. Kosher kitchen.
Taking pride in meeting the religious and communal needs of its members. A uniquely approachable and comfortable environment. Membership includes a diverse range of ages and families as well as many interfaith households. Guests are encouraged to visit and explore the many opportunities that await them.
Weekly services, holidays, events open to all. Interfaith and LGBT families welcome. Call for service schedule.
A contemporary Orthodox synagogue dedicated to promoting a nurturing environment for spiritual, social and intellectual growth. The community strives to develop a deeper connection to the values and ideals of the Torah in the context of the modern world. It offers a wide variety of programming, from Sunday school to holiday celebrations, Shabbat community dinners and prayer services. The community embraces individuals of all levels of observance. Just as San Francisco is known for its diversity, this is an Orthodox synagogue where everyone is valued, respected and welcomed. In 2012, the synagogue underwent major renovations, which include an open and modern social hall and meeting rooms, used for community events and life celebrations.
Dedicated to advancing its members' lifelong involvement in Judaism, engaging them in communal prayer (avodah), the study of sacred texts (Torah) and the performance of compassionate deeds (g'milut hasadim). Proud to have been a part of the San Francisco community since 1850. While the synagogue's history provides a rich heritage, embracing new congregants, including young adults, ensures that the synagogue will serve generations to come. Discover a spiritual home, build relationships with clergy and fellow congregants, and learn with exceptional educators.
For 40 years, this congregation (formerly "The Minyan") has welcomed students, business visitors and tourists to Silicon Valley. Its growing, vibrant Orthodox community of over 140 families creates a warm atmosphere and welcoming environment for people from all backgrounds. Committed to approaching the modern world through the perspective of halachah, embracing religious Zionism, and growing in Jewish learning and observance. The name "Emek Beracha" derives from a verse in Divrei HaYamim (Chronicles), in which the kingdom of Yehuda gathers in a valley of blessing (Emek Beracha), so-called because "from there they blessed HaShem."
South Santa Clara Valley Reform congregation with a welcoming spirit and diverse membership. It attracts members from Morgan Hill, Gilroy, South San Jose, San Martin, Hollister and beyond. It welcomes all who desire a meaningful Jewish connection, growing together and creating a vibrant Jewish presence in the region. The congregation engages in lifelong learning, worship, social action and community while celebrating Judaic spiritual and cultural traditions. About half its 80+ members are interfaith families. It offers religious services and K-12 religious school at its home in Morgan Hill as well as adult Jewish growth and learning classes. After 30+ years, it has established a permanent site to serve as both a center of Jewish cultural/social activities in the valley and as its congregational home. The hand of friendship and welcome is always offered, during happy and sad times, as the congregation celebrates Shabbat, holidays and personal milestones. Brings Torah alive, impacts the greater community and elevates the degree of holiness in our world. Overseeing Jewish section of Gan Emet/Emeth Gardens Cemetery in Gilroy.
Experience community of approximately 300 households, with people of diverse beliefs and backgrounds: sing, learn, pray and celebrate. Labels such as Reform, Conservative or Reconstructionist do not apply. The community-created prayerbooks, used for egalitarian, participatory services, incorporate the best of all Jewish traditions. Rabbi Chaim Koritzinsky leads weekly Torah study at 9 a.m. Saturdays. Outstanding youth education program for students 18 months to 18 years. Special-interest groups include hiking, needlecraft and book discussions. Like an extended family, our members actively support each other and celebrate together.
Shabbat meals for travelers or anyone in the downtown San Francisco area, by reservation; please reserve one week in advance. Weekday classes in Talmud and Kabbalah for adults and youngsters.
A dynamic, egalitarian community embracing traditional Jewish practices with contemporary meaning, located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Offering a warm environment for Jewish study and prayer. Through classes and programs, congregants have many opportunities to stay involved with the synagogue and to be part of a vibrant Jewish community. Conservative, participatory, egalitarian, traditional services; daily minyanim; Friday night Shabbat programs; religious school; social action programs; adult and family education; and programs for young professionals.
A dynamic congregation rooted in the enduring values of Jewish traditions while embracing innovations that enrich contemporary Jewish life. Cultivates personal spiritual growth and connection to a caring community. Creating meaningful, accessible experiences of learning, prayer, service and celebration to help people of all ages and diverse backgrounds live more purposeful lives and improve the world.
Traditional, egalitarian, lay-led and participatory. Meets on Shabbat and most holidays.
Musical, participatory worship and Torah study. Kabbalat Shabbat: Fridays, 2 p.m.; Saturday morning service, 9:15. Oneg Shabbat: 2 p.m., garden cafe. Friends, families and community are welcome to join a fully accessible synagogue.
Egalitarian and dedicated to cultivating community. Rooted in tradition. Nurtures contemporary Jewish spirituality through learning, prayer and tikkun olam.
Judaism with a big heart, in the heart of the Sunset District. Traditional and egalitarian; Torah study and lifelong learning; elegant, kosher Shabbat dinners; a home away from home for everyone.
Egalitarian and participatory, welcoming intermarried and nontraditional households. Religious services, b'nai mitzvah program, adult education, social action, Torah study, preschool.
The congregation's Shema statement: Igniting the passion to connect: with Jewish values, with each other, and with our world. A congregation committed to helping people discover why being Jewish really matters: a place to deepen a commitment to a Jewish way of being.
Established in 1977, this is a Jewish progressive, diverse and participatory community that honors and maintains its LGBTQ culture and history while welcoming all.
Founded amid the exuberance of the California Gold Rush, the congregation has welcomed the Jews of San Francisco and beyond since 1851. The sanctuary, a jewel of synagogue architecture, has embraced and inspired worshippers for more than a century. The synagogue doesn't just observe Judaism; it celebrates it, offering a contemporary Reform approach to our timeless traditions. Study Torah, history and our cultures, passing a rich heritage on to our children. Worship in a spiritual environment embracing individual and communal participation. Engage in the work of social justice. Make meaningful memories at every milestone in our lives. Involving Jews and their families from many backgrounds, including non-Jewish spouses and partners. Visit for Shabbat services, a holiday celebration, Torah study, a class or workshop, or a tour of the historic sanctuary.
An intimate, inclusive, intergenerational Reform Jewish community that welcomes interfaith families. Nurturing members' spiritual growth and cultural identity, and making Jewish education fun and joyful for children and adults alike. Strives to embody the Jewish values of lovingkindness and righteous action. A place where people feel wanted and where they want to be.
Recognizing that different people approach Judaism differently, the congregation is proud to offer a variety of experiences to members. Worship, study, acts of tikkun olam (fixing the world), and gemilut chasadim (deeds of lovingkindness) are all important parts of communal life. Shabbat worship is held every Friday evening and Saturday morning. The main service on Friday always includes a lot of singing and regularly highlights a speaker, sermon or special program. The congregation offers a monthly early service for young families and a lively, interactive musical service for all ages. An alternative, participatory Shabbat morning service meets regularly. Services are held for the High Holy Days and other festivals. Educational opportunities are offered for preschoolers to grandparents. The preschool operates five days a week. Educational offerings include a Sunday school program for grades K-6, a Hebrew school program at four levels and a Tuesday night program for grades 7-12. Adult study takes place on Sunday mornings as well as on weekdays. A retirees group meets monthly for lunch. Congregants provide service to those who are ill or need support, and also work for justice in the broader community. The congregation offers an annual health fair.
Shabbat services, usually second Saturday at 10:30 a.m., fourth Friday at 7 p.m. Torah study, additional classes and events.
Weekly Shabbat and holiday services, lifelong learning, b'nai mitzvah and a rich program of community events. A socially progressive synagogue.
Connects people to Judaism, to each other, Israel and the world. Offers a full range of activities for all ages all year long, including weekly Shabbat and Sunday morning services, Ima & Me program, Torah for Tots, youth services. K-7 religious school, b'nai mitzvah preparations, active Kadima and USY youth groups. Nursery school onsite. Ongoing adult education, social action, Shabbat dinners, holiday celebrations and more.
Outreach to unaffiliated individuals and families. Workshops, parlor meetings, lectures and religious services to support interest in Jewish life and learning through a Reconstructionist lens. High Holy Day services, Passover seders, Hanukkah celebrations, periodic Shabbat services, children's services, interfaith family workshops, home prayer lifecycle events, bar/bat mitzvah training for all ages, and study sessions conducted in San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma and the Peninsula.
A friendly spiritual home for people from a wide range of backgrounds and observance levels who want to experience and observe Judaism in ways that are relevant and meaningful to their lives. Programs are mainly in the San Geronimo Valley and Fairfax. A small size means people are closely connected as they explore what it is to be Jewish in America: culturally, ethically and spiritually. The congregation is unaffiliated and post-denominational, with members from diverse religious backgrounds and from throughout the world. Monthly rabbi- or lay-led Shabbat services as well as holiday celebrations, Jewish education and activities throughout the year, including a Jewish American Fiction Book Club with the Fairfax Library, participation in the Marin Interfaith Council and social justice work in the Marin Organizing Committee. An inviting, socially and economically diverse community made up of families with children, single parents, couples and single adults of all ages. Generally meets at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center at 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in central/west Marin County.
Welcoming all who wish to explore Jewish wisdom, spirituality, and celebration.
Creating an open and inclusive community in which each individual and family can pursue personally meaningful Jewish pathways.
Includes wandering or wondering Jews and non-Jews; singles, couples, and families; those in interfaith and multiracial relationships; Jews-by-choice; adult children of interfaith families; members of the LGBTQ community; and people of color.
Offers open High Holy Day services, family learning and activities, opportunities to work for social justice, holiday celebrations, interactive Jewish learning and more.
A community-led Reconstructionist Jewish congregation dedicated to discovering, developing and celebrating godliness in ourselves and each other. Practicing an evolving Judaism that infuses tradition with new meaning and is responsive to contemporary life. Inclusive, egalitarian, participatory, inquiring, innovative and compassionate.
An open-hearted and progressive Jewish Renewal community, composed of people of all colors, genders and sexual orientations, including people with a wide range of religious and spiritual persuasions. Committed to being a safe and welcoming place for all. Religious school grades 1-6, Joyfully Jewish program for kindergartners meets Sundays bimonthly and religious school for grades 1-6 meeting once a week. Also bar/bat mitzvah program and adult education classes.
Post-denominational, heart-centered Judaism in San Francisco and East Bay. Offers Shabbat home gatherings, interfaith kirtans (chanting) and High Holy Days in Golden Gate Park.
A Humanist congregation serving unaffiliated Bay Area Jews looking for a community with a secular, nontheistic, human-oriented approach to Jewish identity, history and culture. The name itself means "New Voice." Services are relaxed and lay-led, and include monthly Shabbats, major Jewish holidays and festivals. In addition, each month features a free public video lecture series on Jewish history and culture, as well as a Bagel Brunch Café and speaker series (often with video) on various topics. Members participate in chavurot (friendship circles), and several interest groups such as book/film, study/discussion, social and hiking. There are special presentations for Yom HaShoah and Yom HaAtzmaut. The diverse membership includes couples, families, singles, people of mixed religious and ethnic backgrounds, and Holocaust survivors. Affiliated with the Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ) of Farmington Hills, Michigan Most of the events are held at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., near I-80/580 in the East Bay.
Creating an environment in which Jewish culture, religion and spiritual life can flourish.
Community-led. Celebrates High Holy Days "Santa Cruz Style": progressive participatory, creative, peace-oriented, egalitarian services with feminine, gender-neutral and traditional prayers.
Offering Jews of all backgrounds and ages innovative and exciting programs: Adult education, Rosh Chodesh Society, monthly Shabbat service, holiday programming, bar/bat mitzvah preparation, youth programs and more.
The first Sephardic synagogue in San Francisco founded in 1935, maintaining an active community. Daily morning minyan during the week. On Friday nights, Kabbalat Shabbat services are held at candlelighting time during the winter, and at 6:30 p.m. during the summer. Shabbat morning services are on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., followed by a seudah. Also holiday services and special events.
Shabbat morning minyan and other events; monthly Kabbalat Shabbat, cultural events; adult and family education; Jewish films; women's retreat.
Independent, traditional egalitarian minyan in Berkeley. Meets once a month on Friday night for Kabbalat Shabbat services and once a month for services on Shabbat morning. Also meets for High Holy Day services. Vibrant, energetic, and inclusive community committed to halachah.
Community of Jews who get together for spirited traditional davening (and related festivities) in San Francisco's Mission District. Meets Friday nights for Kabbalat Shabbat twice monthly on Shabbat mornings. Regular learning opportunities and holiday programs. Meeting location and other details are listed on the website.
Egalitarian, observant, feminist. Committed to inclusive liturgy and encouraging women's leadership. Shabbat services in members' homes. Men and women of all backgrounds and orientations are welcome.
Entering its 15th year, Or HaLev, light of the heart, is the Center for Jewish Spirituality at Peninsula Temple Beth El, offering a place for Jews to experience the benefits of Jewish meditation and chanting every Monday night.
A community of Jews and non-Jews, diverse yet united in the desire to support each other and mend the world. Sharing a commitment to deep mutual acceptance, progressive values and a spirit of questioning. Approaching Judaism with a dynamic balance of tradition and innovation.
A community of families and individuals striving to build a welcoming, intimate, inclusive, progressive and spiritual Jewish community in the East Bay. Embraces Jewish tradition from a Reconstructionist perspective. Holds Shabbat morning services followed by a potluck on the first Saturday of each month at St. Alban's Church on the Berkeley-Albany border. Offers adult study, an annual camping retreat at Tilden Park, family/community events and more. Free child care at services and most events.
Congregation is a derech, a pathway, for making Judaism and Jewish identity more meaningful and spiritually fulfilling parts of people’s lives. The vision is to inspire, influence, and help shape a Jewish life journey through community and tradition. Members come from all backgrounds to form an embracing, egalitarian and Jewishly committed community. Helping people in their spiritual quests for God, meaning and fellowship. Removing financial barriers to put relationships first. Multifaith, LGBTQ and spiritual seekers of all types always have a place here.
A home for the Jewish community on the Peninsula for over 60 years. While this history provides a rich and wonderful heritage, the synagogue also embraces new members and is committed to inclusiveness, traditions, tikkun olam, education for all ages and new approaches. Creative and participatory worship services anchored by outstanding music. Embraces being part of a larger Jewish peoplehood and actively seeks to build bonds with the Jews in our own community, in Israel and around the world. Seeks opportunities to work collaboratively with other Jewish organizations and communities.
An inclusive Jewish community where congregants can find peace, inspiration and a personal connection to Judaism. Whether in the synagogue, each other's homes, or the world beyond, the congregation creates a sacred space for those who are part of it. Core values of inclusivity, human connection, caring and kindness, commitment to community, and embracing change define the path taken to achieve this vision and mission.
Vibrant and innovative Reform Jewish congregation dedicated to Jewish learning, worship, tikkun olam and acts of lovingkindness. Actively welcomes individuals and families of all backgrounds who are seeking community and wish to explore and learn about Jewish practice, spiritual growth and learning.
ConversionsMost congregational rabbis are available for lifecycle events and to teach Jews-by-choice. Many synagogues have conversion programs. Contact the Board of Rabbis of Northern California at (415) 369-2860, the East Bay Council of Rabbis at (510) 522-9355 or the Cantorial and Rabbinic Association of Greater San Jose at (408) 358-3033. Also see Chapter 3, Lifecycles.
Most congregational rabbis are available for lifecycle events and to teach Jews-by-choice. Many synagogues have conversion programs. Contact the Board of Rabbis of Northern California at (415) 369-2861, the East Bay Council of Rabbis at (510) 451-3263 or the Cantorial and Rabbinic Association of Greater San Jose at (408) 357-7509. Also see Chapter 3, Lifecycle Events.
Interfaith ProgramsInterfaith programming is provided by most JCCs, JFCS and synagogues, as well as the organizations listed below. Activities include holiday workshops and celebrations, support groups and social occasions. Several local rabbis perform interfaith marriages. Contact individual rabbis or the organizations listed below for further assistance.
Welcoming interfaith and intercultural families. Offering workshops, lectures and panel discussions to explore interfaith and intercultural issues. Individualized support and guidance for couples with questions about compromising in an interfaith relationship. Spiritual, but not religious? Agnostic or atheist? All are welcome. Is one partner religious and one an atheist? Also welcome. Negotiating couples' issues, raising children, finding a community and making friends are all part of creating a successful interfaith, multi-ethnic and, sometimes, multiracial home. Couples groups are a great way to share with and learn from other interfaith couples in a warm, supportive environment.
Also assists adults who grew up in interfaith homes and may not have had a Jewish education, and offers an opportunity to explore Judaism and meet others who have similar background and questions. Still negotiating intra-family dynamics? Join other young adults who are on the same path of self-discovery.
A biweekly email offers events and resources of interest to members of interfaith families.
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.
Offers courses serving the entire Bay Area and online, including those focusing on interfaith issues; the Introduction to Judaism and Choosing Judaism series; Jewish practice, language and theology; and links between Judaism and other world religions. Plus holiday workshops for those who weren't raised in the Jewish tradition, in conjunction with Building Jewish Bridges, area synagogues and JCCs.
Religious & Rabbinical Organizations
Jewish spiritual care for those who are ill, dying and bereaved, and their loved ones and caregivers, through direct service, education and training, information and referral. Also provides in-services, consultations and supporting materials for health care professionals and institutions as well as volunteer groups and congregations seeking to improve spiritual care to Jewish members/clients/patients facing illness or loss.
Religious arm of the Jewish community. Represents all facets of Judaism. Information and referral services pertaining to religious matters. Endorsing agency for state Jewish prison chaplains.
Religious arm of the Jewish community in the Silicon Valley area. Represents all facets of Judaism. Information and referral services for Jewish lifecycle events.
Religious arm of the Jewish community in the Silicon Valley area. Represents all facets of Judaism. Information and referral services for Jewish lifecycle events.
The East Bay Association of Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist and Renewal rabbis who represent Jewish communal interests.
Provides resources to Reconstructionist congregations and chavurot, information about the Reconstructionist movement and assistance in development for start-up congregations. Provides speakers on the history, theology, liturgy and practices of Reconstructionist communities.
A community of kehillot (sacred communities) committed to a dynamic Judaism that is learned and passionate, authentic and pluralistic, joyful and accessible, egalitarian and traditional. Its kehillot create the conditions for a powerful and vibrant Jewish life, empowering Jews in North America to seek the presence of God and meaning and purpose in Torah and mitzvot; to fully engage with Israel; and to be inspired by Judaism to improve the world and the Jewish people. USY, its youth group, teaches young Jews the values and skills they need to become exceptional leaders in their religious and secular communities, while the Conservative Yeshiva, located at the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center, allows students to encounter Jewish wisdom and sensibilities through text study, ritual practice, social justice, community, prayer and the experience of Israel. For more information, visit www.uscj.org, www.usy.org and www.conservativeyeshiva.org.
The women's organization of Reform synagogues. The Pacific District provides leadership training, speakers, spirituality and support for sisterhoods.