Light the Shabbat candles before you light fireworks Friday, July 3 at 7:30 PM
Temple Beth Hillel Update

What's Happening at TBH 

How to Join Virtual Events

Friday July 3 at 7:30PM -- Online Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat evening services

Saturday, July 4 at 10:15 AM -- Lay-led Torah Study

Friday, July 10 at 7:00 PM - Online Candle Lighting

Saturday, July 11 at 10:15 AM -- Lay-led Torah Study

Friday July 17 at 7:30PM -- Online Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat evening services 

Saturday, July 18 at 10:15 AM -- Lay-led Torah Study

Monday, July 27 at 7:00 PM -- Food for Thought Meeting

Resources and Support

Community Support
In these difficult times, it might be hard to know where to turn for help. Need a loan?  Having difficulties with your job, or need support? Our Community Support page can help you find the help you need!

Online Activities and Resources
Maybe you're just getting a little stir crazy?  Expand your Jewish learning, visit a museum, take a cooking class--all online! Check out these and the Online Activities and Resources on our website.

Volunteering and Social Action Programs
We are commanded to leave the corners of our fields and the gleanings of our harvest and vineyards for the poor and the stranger. Learn about how you can give back to our community.
Donate to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties and help those in need

Please reach out to potential members  

As you know, Temple Beth Hillel is a wonderful community that will benefit from more members and participation in Temple life and events. You are our best ambassadors. So, please reach out to your family and friends. Let them know about us, the events we have, and the wonderful community that we are.

Feel free to have them contact or anyone on the Membership Committee.

Summer Camps and Travel

Learn more about summer camps and travel

Keeping In Touch With Us

We have two main ways to communicate with our community:
TBH Update: Subscribe to the TBH weekly update.  You'll receive an email for you to confirm that you want to join.  Still having problems?  Contact Wendy Roth at
TBH Discussion list: We send e-mail messages through our google group email list tbh  If you are not on this list or are having trouble using it, contact Laura Taub at


TBH On-Site Activities Remain Suspended in Response to COVID-19

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Chukat-Balak, Numbers 19:1 - 25:9 - Parshat Ha Shavua for Shabbat, Saturday, July 4, 2020

Can we see what is in front of us? Are we able to see what is really happening?
These are two of the questions posed in this week’s Torah portion Chukat-Balak. It is a double portion and in the second one, Balak, we read the story of the Prophet Balaam, who is hired by King Balak of Moab to curse the Israelites.
Balaam goes off on his faithful donkey to fulfill his commission but the donkey hesitates, for the donkey can see an angel with a drawn sword blocking the road.  But Balaam cannot see it, and so he is angry at his mount until God opens his eyes. The great prophet sees less than his donkey.
I wonder if those of us who are white are like Balaam, and are blind to the injustices that are all around us everyday. We see our country in a certain way, while our fellow citizens experience our country very differently. We now have the opportunity to have our eyes opened and see things in a new light, as Balaam did.  To see reality fully.
When Balaam saw the angel, he knew he had to change his plan. If we see the problems in our country, with the same clarity, are we willing to work for change?
Read last week's commentary

From the President

What do Jerry Brown, Grover Cleveland, and I have in common?  Well, Grover Cleveland served non consecutive terms as the 22nd and 24th President of the US (1885-1889 and 1893-1897), Jerry Brown served 2 sets of  2 terms as Governor of California 28 years apart (1975-1983 and 2011-2019), and I am beginning my second of 2 non consecutive terms as president of Temple Beth Hillel (2016-2018 and 2020-2022).
It is an honor to return as president, a daunting honor, but an honor just the same.  We are facing substantial changes, challenges, and uncertainty that none of us predicted just months ago.  We welcome our new office manager, Michelle Husby, while wishing our beloved Arlene Lisby, not so much goodbye as להתראות (l’hitraot) and we do this amidst a global pandemic.  Covid-19 has forced us to suspend in person activities with no clear end in sight. How will we observe the  High Holy Days?  What will our religious school look like in the fall?  When and how will it be safe for us to gather as a community?  When will we be able to pray together in person?  When will we be able to share an oneg or a potluck?  We don’t know.  Meanwhile, the video of George Floyd’s murder and others challenges us to reflect and to open our eyes  to social injustice and systemic racism.   What can we do to affirm the God given rights and value of  every person with no exceptions?    
However, I am confident that we will overcome these challenges and grow as a community.  Rabbi Dean and Cantor Shayndel lead us with warmth and wisdom, the members, both new and returning, of our Board of Directors are dedicated to our congregation, and I’m confident that every one of our members will, as you always have, step forward when needed and we will live up to our name.
We are Temple Beth Hillel.
If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
If I am not for others, what am I?
And if not now, when?
 -Rabbi Hillel

Michael Cohen

Read last week's letter

Join our Shabbat evening services online this Friday, July 3 at 7:30 PM

As we continue to shelter-in-place and cannot come to the synagogue, we are bringing our services to you with our Shelter-in-Shabbat. We celebrate our full Shabbat evening service and hope you can join us. All you need is a computer or a smartphone and internet access.
If  you can’t join us for the entire service, join us at 7:30 PM to light Shabbat Candles
We always begin our evening services by lighting Shabbat candles. Please join us at 7:30 to light Shabbat candles together. In this way we can all be “virtually” together in this time of isolation. You can stay online for the evening service if you wish.
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Calling All Members - Photos Needed

As most of you have likely seen over the years, we do an annual postcard with the dates of the holidays and celebrations for the Temple, highlighted and accented with photos from the past year of Temple events and members that represent our wonderful community.  Check your cellphones and cameras for some wonderful moments that we can share.  Please send your photos to:

Notes from the Board, June 17, 2020

The board discussed reopening plans, a candidate for Office Manager, and more. 
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Notes from the General Membership Meeting, June 7, 2020

The proposed budget for 2020-2021 and a new slate of board members were approved.  Special recognition to departing board members Jeff Romm and Sherri Tattenham, and to Volunteer of the Year Jean Henderson.
Learn more

Prayers for Community Members in Need

We pray for speedy and complete healing, r’fuah sh’leimah, for the following members of our community:
Diane Anderson, Geoff Capnick, Sharon Chernick, Dora Cohen, Irving Feurst, Heather Fox, Sam Genirberg, Bill Harris, Stan Hazlak, Michelle Husby, Carolyn and Roberto Isacovici, Jennifer Kemp, Valerie Schillaci Levy, Sandra Steele, Daylena & Alex Kowalsky, Matt Lisby, Sharon Mittleman, Bobbi Nadler, Connie Nowlin, Michael Nye, Lincoln Ott, Gordon Raskin, Josh Redel, Gabriel Tattenham, Pat Trumbull, Timothy Welstand, Fran Welstand, Melissa White, Kendra Windrix, Caleb Zimring   ​

If there is anyone you would like included in our prayers for healing, please send their names to If you're on the list and feeling better and would like to be removed, please let Rabbi Dean know.

The following yahrzeits will be remembered at services this Friday evening:

Eugene Baker Cousin of David Brown
Cantor Howard S. Cohen A beloved member of the Congregation
Albert Greenberg A beloved member of the Congregation
Hazel Gross Aunt of Frank Snitz
Cavan Hardy Brother of Sherbie Aberle
Eugene E. Hemmings Grandfather of Jean Henderson
Anne Herrod A beloved member of the Congregation
Helen Houska A beloved member of the Congregation
Gussie Hyman Grandmother of Helene Class
Dora Jaffe Mother of Arlene Lisby
Joseph Kaplan A beloved member of the Congregation
Rudolph Langer A beloved member of the Congregation
Nina Coyle Maberry A beloved member of the Congregation
Philip Mason A beloved member of the Congregation
Jacob Scolnick Father of Deborah Koenig
Sophia F. Weiner Mother of June Maberry
Natalie Zarchin Mother of Neil Zarchin
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