Join us for community Shabbat candle lighting this Friday, June 12 at 7:00 PM
Temple Beth Hillel Update

What's Happening at TBH 

How to Join Virtual Events

Friday, June 12 at 7:00 PM - Online Candle Lighting

Saturday, June 13 at 10:15 AM  Lay-led Torah Study

Sunday, June 14 at 10:00 AM - Online Religious School - Last Class, including Mensch Awards (Contact your child’s teacher for the class link)

Friday June 19 at 7:30PM - Online Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat evening services

Saturday, June 20 at 10:15 AM -- Lay-led Torah Study

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

Learn more
View the calendar and join us online

Beha'alotcha, Numbers 8:1 - 12:16 - Parshat Ha Shavua for Shabbat, Saturday, June 13, 2020

America has always seen itself as a special nation, unique and set apart, with a calling that all human beings should enjoy the blessings of equality and freedom. 

We express this belief in our national sacred texts. The Declaration of Independence claims, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” 

Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address wrote, “...we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” This claim transcends politics. It is a moral claim that human liberty and equality are primary human values and the United States’ task is to provide these to all our citizens. 

This week’s Torah portion also speaks to sacred service, that of the Levites to God in the daily operation of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle. 

The Levites are set apart and must purify themselves for this service, “Thus you shall set the Levites apart from the Israelites, and the Levites shall be Mine. Thereafter the Levites shall be qualified for the service of the Tent of Meeting, once you have cleansed them and designated them as an elevation offering.” (Numbers 7:14-15) 

Sacred service, responding to a moral call, requires purification, not just of the body as in the case of the Levites, but of the heart and soul as well. 

Our nation is once again confronting the ugly reality of racism, of our history of violence against Americans of color, and of the privileges granted to those of us with white skin. 

If we believe in the promise of America, of liberty and equality for all human beings, then we must work to purify ourselves of the spiritual and moral stain of racism.

Even if we have no conscious malice in our hearts, most of us benefit from the current that subjugates and visits violence on American’s of color. 

If we believe in the dream of America, then we must be engaged in the process of ending systematic racism. 

The ancient Israelites were not perfect--they were deeply flawed--but they strove to fulfill a divine vision of what a just society should look like. 

As their descendents, we should do no less.

Read Rabbi Dean's June 6 Letter

Watch Rabbi Dean’s opening remarks at the Annual Meeting

Read last week's commentary

From the President

I would like to thank everyone who came to the TBH Online General Membership meeting last Sunday. It is not as easy to be enthused sitting in front of one’s computer or phone, as it is to be when one is among friends - but you pulled it off.

A few by-law changes were voted in, mostly creating consistency with changes voted in at the 2016 meeting, reports were heard from our hard-working volunteers (or as Jane Durango calls them the Magic Elves Club).

A new slate of officers was voted in:

President    Michael Cohen
First Vice President    Jane Durango
Second Vice President    Audrey Berger
Treasurer    Laura Taub
Secretary     Anna Stein
Past President    Neil Zarchin

Board:    Mel Feder
    Larry Fox
    Jane Kemp
    Marilyn Hertzberg    
    Linda Rose
    Wendy Roth
    Judy Windrix
    Jean Henderson

It was very difficult to say goodbye to our departing Board members Sheri Tatenheim and Jeff Romm, but they have done more than their share for the Temple. I want to personally thank Michael Cohen for stepping up to the presidency for a second time. Although our bylaws state that the new president takes over at the end of the General Membership Meeting, President Cohen has asked me to cover his duties while he prepares his transition team.

By far the most difficult and moving part of the meeting was saying ‘Shalom’ as in farewell to Office Manager Arlene Lisby. After 40 years of being the heart, soul, brain and every other needed role she is taking a well-earned retirement. There aren’t words for all she has done,
and for the love we all have for Arlene. Several members expressed gratitude, appreciation,
told stories and cried as we all wished Arlene nothing but the best. Arlene has done
everything for Temple Beth Hillel.

We are what we do.

Neil Zarchin
Read last week's letter

Join us for community Shabbat candle lighting this Friday, June 12 at 7:00 PM

Let’s begin Shabbat together by lighting Shabbat candles. Please join us at 7:00.In this way we can all be together in this time of physical isolation.

Position Available: TBH Office Manager

As many of you may know, our beloved TBH Office Manager, Arlene, will be retiring in June at the end of our fiscal year.  After forty plus years managing the Temple Office and so much more, we need to find a successor.
Learn more about the TBH Office Manager position here

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, 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.
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