Because 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.East Bay
Intellectually and psychologically sophisticated, joyous, welcoming and compassionate. Find one's spiritual path — a community at once religiously traditional and innovative, and politically progressive — an emancipatory Judaism of love.
Humanistic, nontheistic, lay-led monthly Shabbats, major holiday services, bagel brunch talks and educational programs that celebrate Jewish identity, history and culture. Chavurot and social groups.Most events held at Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany, CA 94706.
Welcomes unaffiliated individuals and families. Workshops and services support Jewish life-learning through a Reconstructionist lens. High Holy Day services, children's education, interfaith programs, b'nai mitzvah training for all ages and lifecycle events.
Independent, participatory and multigenerational. Offers adult education, Shabbat programs, Sunday school and holiday celebrations, and welcomes those who seek a Jewish community to inspire and appreciate them.
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.
Post-denominational, heart-centered Judaism in San Francisco and East Bay. Offers Shabbat and other Jewish holidays at home gatherings, interfaith kirtans (chanting) and High Holy Days in Golden Gate Park.
A popular center for Jews of all backgrounds who want to learn more about their Jewish roots. Offering a wide variety of educational and spiritual opportunities, including Torah classes and lectures, Shabbaton dinners, and family and social activities.
Promoting and strengthening Jewish awareness, pride and observance by providing educational, cultural and social activities to all Jewish individuals and families, regardless of background or affiliation.
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.
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.
South Santa Clara Valley's only Reform synagogue, with 80+ families. Full religious school, Hebrew school and adult programming. Interfaith families welcome. Overseeing Jewish section of Gan Emet/Emeth Gardens Cemetery in Gilroy.
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) 369-2860, 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.
Interfaith 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.Berkeley