Bid a fond farewell to Arlene - Sunday, June 28, at 10:30 AM
Temple Beth Hillel Update

What's Happening at TBH 

How to Join Virtual Events

Friday, June 26 at 7:00 PM - Online Candle Lighting

Saturday, June 27 at 10:15 AM  Lay-led Torah Study

Sunday, June 28, at 10:30 AM - A Farewell to Arlene - TBH parking lot

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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Korach, Numbers 16:1 - 18:32 - Parshat Ha Shavua for Shabbat, Saturday, June 27, 2020

What makes a leader legitimate?
This week’s Torah portion, Koarch, examines this question through the examples of Moses of Korach. In Numbers 12:3 Moses is described as, “a very humble man, more so than any other man on earth.”
 Commenting on this verse, Ibn Ezra (13th Century Spain) wrote, “Moses never asked for recognition, nor reward.” He accepted the burden of leadership because God told him to. It was not a role he sought. In fact, he did everything he could to avoid it in the beginning.
Korach on the other hand desires power. Of Korach, Ibn Ezra wrote, “As Korach was angry about the appointment of Elitzafan to leadership. He was also envious of Aharon,” Korach is jealous and wants power, so he is willing to challenge Moses.
Korach pretends to care about the needs of the people, but he wants power for its own sake. Moses did not want power, but he serves the people.
We would be wise to pay attention to those who wish to be our leaders. Do they want power for their own advancement, or do they truly wish to serve? The motive makes all the difference.

Read last week's commentary

From the President

Two years. A lot has happened in two years.
Two years ago I was honored with the presidency of Temple Beth Hillel. I can’t say I didn’t know what I was getting into, but I sure did not know what was going to happen.
I will say this first and I will say this last. Thank you.
Thank you for the honor, thank you for the support, thank you for the criticism, thank you for the joy and thank you for the challenges. Thank you for the growth and thank you for the losses.
I never made any secret of my desire to increase the social activism  of our community. We have every reason to be proud of our participation in social justice issues like food insecurity and political activism. We have fed hungry families and we have spoken out against the separation of immigrant families.
We have stood with vulnerable minorities against those who hate, and the greater community has stood with us. We have spoken out against violence.
We have remained united in the face of increased anti-semitism and protested the parts of government that tolerate, if not actively support it.
We have cried together and we have laughed together.

It has been mentioned that I focus too much on the negative, that there has always been bigotry. That inspiration is more important. There is truth in that notion. But Judaism has many components. It is part faith, part culture (food!), and part commitment to others. We have varying degrees of alignment to each pillar - halachah, avodah, and tikkun olam. Our strength as a community comes from the diversity we are made of.
Yes there is evil in the world, and it is important to call it out. But there is also the magic, the love, among those of us who work together to create a world more in line with Torah.
Temple Beth Hillel does this.

We are what we do.

Shalom y’all. Thank you.

Read last week's letter

A Farewell to Arlene - Sunday, June 28, at 10:30 AM

The entire congregation is invited to meet in the TBH parking lot, masked and physically distanced by household, this Sunday, June 28th,10:30 AM, to share some love with Arlene.  There will be a parting gift, possible singing, and definitely honking, shouting and even howling.
Let’s send her off to her next adventure with pandemic appropriate love.  For more info call Marilyn 510-816-7885.

Join us for community Shabbat candle lighting this Friday, June 26 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.

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.
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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.
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