About Us

Shalom & Welcome! Congregation Beth El is a vibrant and growing Reform Jewish congregation located in Berkeley, California. Our members live in cities throughout the northern East Bay and Bay Area.  Our synagogue was organized in 1945 as a liberal synagogue guided by a reverence for tradition, and these values continue to shape our congregation. At Beth El, we actively welcome individuals and families of all backgrounds who are seeking community and wish to explore Jewish practice, spiritual growth and learning. 

Our services and programs are open to everyone and we invite you to visit. A member of our congregation would be glad to meet you the first time you come, sit with you at a service or program or answer any questions you have; please send an e-mail to welcome@bethelberkeley.org. No one is turned away because of financial hardship; we work with individuals and families to ensure they are welcome. Beth El is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism and has a membership of over 500 households.

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  • Beit Midrash - House of Study: Beth El offers a wide range of classes, weekly Torah study, special programs and lectures. Our weekly Saturday morning, lay-led Torah study is a vigorous and integral part of our community. Our Youth and Family Education (YAFE) programs include the Beth El Nursery School (BENS), after-school (Kadima) and Shabbat morning (Chug Mishpacha) Jewish education programs for youth, an award-winning summer camp, Camp Kee Tov, community high school, Midrasha, family education programs and other informal educational opportunities. 
     
  • Beit Tefilah - House of Prayer: Beth El’s religious services combine reverence for historical tradition with contemporary language and inspirational innovative practices. Led by our clergy and members, we are committed to spiritual meaning and intellectual rigor in our communal Jewish life. Shabbat services are held every Friday evening and Saturday morning in a variety of settings of formats; we encourage you to join us on any Shabbat . Holidays and special occasions are celebrated with seasonal music , study programs and liturgy appropriate to the day.  
     
  • Beit Knesset - House of Assembly: Beth El organizes and sponsors a wide variety of social events, informal gatherings, interfaith meetings, social action and community service projects. Our congregation offers many opportunities for participants to meet and form lasting connections with other members of the community while gaining Jewish knowledge and contributing to the synagogue and the wider community.

We look forward to welcoming you at Shabbat or holiday services, Torah study or another educational program or at another upcoming program or event of the Congregation. Beth El members are always available to host a first-time visitor or to answer any questions you have; please contact us by e-mail or telephone at welcome@bethelberkeley.org or 510-848-3988.