Join us for community Shabbat candle lighting this Friday, July 10 at 7:00 PM
Temple Beth Hillel Update

What's Happening at TBH 

How to Join Virtual Events

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

Wednesday July 22 - Make sandwiches to be delivered to GRIP.  If interested, contact Jane Kaasa (510)222-3221

Friday July 24 at 7:00 PM - Online Candle Lighting

Saturday, July 25 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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Pinchas, Numbers 25:10 - 30:1 - Parshat Ha Shavua for Shabbat, Saturday, July 11, 2020

Judaism is an ancient and patriarchal religious tradition. For the most part, men’s narratives dominate our religious narrative. For most of our history, men controlled religious leadership. Until recently, our images of God were almost exclusively masculine.
All the constructive changes giving women their rightful place in our religious narrative, leadership, and depiction of God have been the result of women fighting for them, and it is critical to note that this struggle is not new. They date back to the beginnings of Jewish history, as we read in this week’s Torah portion, “The daughters of Zelophehad, of Manassite family—son of Hepher son of Gilead son of Machir son of Manasseh son of Joseph—came forward. The names of the daughters were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. They stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the chieftains, and the whole assembly, at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, and they said, “Our father died in the wilderness. He was not one of the faction, Korah’s faction, which banded together against the LORD, but died for his own sin; and he has left no sons.” (Numbers 27:1-4)
They come forward, to stand before Moses and to demand their inheritance before all the Israelites. Moses takes their plea before God and God responds, “The plea of Zelophehad’s daughters is just: you should give them a hereditary holding among their father’s kinsmen; transfer their father’s share to them. Further, speak to the Israelite people as follows: ‘If a man dies without leaving a son, you shall transfer his property to his daughter.” (Numbers 27:7-8)
The Daughters of Zelophehad had the courage to defy culture and custom to demand their rights. By doing so, they changed Jewish law.
The struggle they began continues today, but it is no longer enough for women to stand up for their full equality and dignity, men must stand together with women to fulfill the vision of the Daughters of Zelophehad.

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From the President

So, what do we do now?  We can mourn what we have lost due to Covid-19 and we have lost a lot.  So far, we have lost our in person community seder, our in person Shabbat services, our potlucks, our onegs, and our in person religious school and t’filah.  We’ve even lost our Jewish Heritage Night at the A’s baseball outing along with our Fourth of July booth and the Solano Stroll.  Personally, I have lost live theater which has been part of my life since I was 9 years old.  All this can be overwhelming and we can feel helpless, anxious, and alone.  
Or, we can focus on what we have and what we can do and are doing.  First and most importantly, we are helping each other stay safe by staying apart while knowing that even in our isolation we are not alone.  Our religious school and adult education will continue online (almost certainly) in the Fall and although we can’t share food at our potlucks and onegs, we still gather virtually to light Shabbat candles and pray.  We still have lay led Torah study every Saturday morning and Food for Thought is adapting and planning for December.  Thanks to our Ritual Committee, led by Rabbi Dean and Cantor Shayndel, we will have meaningful observances of our High Holy Days.  Collectively, we are meeting our Covid-19 challenges with perseverance, a lot of creativity and more than a little technology.  
Of course we all eagerly look forward to safely gathering, but we really don’t have any idea when that can happen.  What I am sure of is that we are still a vibrant, small and mighty congregation and when, not if, we get through this we will be stronger and much more appreciative of each other and all that we share as a Jewish community.  
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

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Join us for community Shabbat candle lighting this Friday, July 10 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.
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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.
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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, Laura Roybal, Valerie Schillaci Levy, Sandra Steele, Daylena & Alex Kowalsky, Matt Lisby, Sharon Mittleman, Bobbi Nadler, Connie Nowlin, Michael Nye, Lincoln Ott, Gordon Raskin, Josh Redel, Laura Roybal, 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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