Temple Beth Hillel Update

What's Happening at TBH 

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

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How to Join Virtual Events

Friday, September 11 at  7:00 PM - Online Candle Lighting 

Saturday, September 12 at 8:00 pm - Online Selichot Service

Sunday, September 13 at 10:00 am - Online Religious School - First Day

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


Rosh Hashanah begins in one week--Make your reservation today

Everyone is welcome at Temple Beth Hillel’s High Holy Days Services! Reserve your place now so that you can join us, and so we can ensure we have enough room online for everyone.
The High Holy Days begin with our Selichot Havdalah and Service this Saturday, Sept. 12, 8 pm.
We look forward to seeing you!
Learn More | Reserve your place now 

Nitzavim-Vayeilech, Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30 - Parshat Ha Shavua for Shabbat, Saturday, September 12, 2020

Rosh Hashanah begins next Friday evening. During the High Holy Days, we come together in larger numbers than at any other time of the year. We know we need to be together. We need the comfort of community and the strength of the Jewish tradition in the important moments of our lives.
This year, we will come together over the internet rather than in person. It will not be the same, but it is still important to be in community. In this week’s Torah portion, our last one before Rosh Hashanah, we read, “You stand this day, all of you, before the LORD your God—your tribal heads, your elders and your officials, all the men of Israel, your children, your wives, even the stranger within your camp, from woodchopper to water drawer—” Just as the Israelites all stood before Moses to reaffirm the their relationship with God before entering the Land of Israel, so we will stand together on Rosh Hashanah, reaffirming our commitment to Jewish life - however we choose to live it - before entering the New Year.
Shannah Tovah u’Metukah! May we all be blessed with a good and sweet New Year.

Read last week's commentary

From the President

Since it is not practical to include Challah in our High Holy Day Boxes, Mercedes and I decided to share her recipe with you.
Mercedes' Challah(pdf)
Mercedes' Challah
2 eggs AND warm water (80°) to make 1 ½ cups liquid
¼ cup oil
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 Tablespoons gluten which is optional
4 ½ cups of bread flour
2½-3 tsp. dry yeast
*after the dough is made, you can add golden raisins or crasins or currants
Instructions (For Bread Machine*)
(It’s best to take out the eggs the night before so they can be at room temperature)
Use the dough cycle and set to 2lb loaf.
Add the liquid then the dry ingredients, then start the cycle. If it looks too dry after 15 minutes, you can add another teaspoon of water.
When the dough is ready, you can add things like raisins and incorporate into the dough.
Roll the dough into a rope, then cover with a cloth and wait ten minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°.
After ten minutes, lengthen the rope and form the bread into the round Rosh Hashana shape.
Place bread on a slightly greased pan covered with a kitchen towel and set into a warm place to rise for 45 minutes to an hour.
Before baking, brush with 1 egg yolk mixed with water and sprinkle with sugar (for a sweet year), sesame seeds or poppy seeds.
Bake in a 350° oven for 25-30 minutes. An instant read thermometer should read 180° in the center.
Allow to cool.
* For a Stand Mixer- use the dough hook until the dough comes away from the bowl.
*By Hand—mix then knead the dough until you have incorporated everything and you have a smooth dough.
To get the dough to rise, I have put the dough into a greased bowl and put the bowl on top of a saucepan filled with warm water.  After it has risen (an hour or so until it’s doubled.  Then it’s ready to form. ( You can also punch it down and let it rise a second time.  The bread machine has a second rise in it.)

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, September 11 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.

You can also join by calling  
1 (669)900-9128 Meeting ID: 517 749 891
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Selichot Havdalah and Service Saturday, September 12 at 8 pm

The High Holidays begin with Selichot.  Not sure what Selichot is? Learn more about Selichot. 
Join us for Havdalah and the Selichot Service using the meeting information provided for your High Holy Days reservation. 
Reserve your place now 

High Holy Day Services 2020 - Coming Together in Awe

Shana Tova! With the continued surge in COVID-19 infections and concomitant restrictions currently in place, this year’s Temple Beth Hillel’s High Holy Days will be entirely online. They may not be in person, but they will not be virtual. They will be real! Our volunteer leadership is working with Cantor Shayndel and Rabbi Dean to create a rich experience. Our services will be different but they will be profound and meaningful. We will be worshiping together, as a community, online, but our services will be shorter.
In addition to these “synchronous” services, we will be providing a series of asynchronous events, study sessions, recordings of songs, videos of drashot and the Torah service, memories and reflections by congregants and clergy,  to ensure that the coming Days of Awe are a profound and special time. We look forward to worshiping together and being in community with you. More information will be forthcoming soon.
If you have something you would like to share with the congregation, for example, a favorite High Holy Day recipe, a memory, or a reflection, please let us know by contacting
These are strange and different times. Our hope is that if we work together as a community we can create a High Holy Day observance that will be very different, but still meaningful.
Reserve your place now

TBH Sandwich-Making for the GRIP Souper Center -- Wednesday, Sept. 23

Wednesday, Sept. 23, is our Temple's next day to make sandwiches for GRIP. We each make about forty sandwiches (your choice) and bring them to the Temple parking lot at about 9:45 AM.  Please put the sandwiches in individual baggies, place them in a bag or box, and label the type of sandwiches made.  If you can make sandwiches that day and/or if you have any questions, please contact Jane Kaasa (510)222-3221 or (510)421-7331.

This event is sponsored by Congregation Bet Haverim in Davis and is also open to our TBH congregation.  

What to expect?  

You will lie down in a comfortable location in your own home and allow the gentle waves of sound healing to bring balance to your whole being. This listening meditation will include Hebrew Chant, Himalayan Bowls, Native American flute and other instruments. 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 846 2294 3634

Passcode: 567318  

Notes from the Board, August 19, 2020

The Board discussed plans for High Holy Days and Religious School.  Read 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:

Geoff Capnick, Sharon Chernick, Dora Cohen, Irving Feurst, Heather Fox, Sam Genirberg, Sharon Grace, Bill Harris, Stan Hazlak, Michelle Husby, Jennifer Kemp, Laura Roybal, Sandra Steele, Daylena & Alex Kowalsky, Matt Lisby, Robert Mah, Michael Mirabella, Sharon Mittleman, Connie Nowlin, Michael Nye, Lincoln Ott, Terry Phillips, Gordon Raskin, Josh Redel, Alex Rickert, 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.

High Holy Days Schedule 2020

Havdalah/Service Saturday, Sept. 12, 8 pm
Evening Services Friday, Sept. 18, 7:30 pm
Morning Services Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 am
Drash Discussion with Rabbi Dean Saturday, Sept. 19, 12 pm
Congregational Shmooze Saturday, Sept. 19, 4 pm
Kol Nidre  Sunday, Sept. 27,  7 pm
Morning Service  Monday, Sept. 28, 10 am
Stump the Rabbi  Monday, Sept. 28, 12 pm
Afternoon Service  Monday, Sept. 28, 4:30 pm
Yizkor (memorial) Service  Monday, Sept. 28, 5:45 pm
Neilah (closing) Service  Monday, Sept. 28, 6:15 pm
Havdalah and Virtual Break-fast  Monday, Sept. 28, 6:45 pm
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