Get Involved

To do this, we need your help! We've got lots of ways for you to become more connected to the Beth El community, and to do a mitzvah at the same time! Look at some of our current volunteer needs -- is there something here that interests you?

Beth El has been voted in J Magazine as the "Best Venue for Social Action in the Bay Area Jewish Community." Join us in continuing and developing our social action programs!

Check out any of the following groups or learning or volunteer experiences Beth El has to offer and enrich your connection to the community! All that’s missing is YOU!
Please contact us at (510) 848-3988 or frontoffice@bethelberkeley.org  for more information about the congregation and our diverse programs, including:

WEEKLY SHABBAT SERVICES
HIGH HOLY DAYS SERVICES
TORAH AND TALMUD STUDY
INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM/CONVERSION
HOLIDAY AND FESTIVAL SERVICES
CELEBRATIONS AND OBSERVANCES
BETH EL NURSERY SCHOOL (BENS)
YOUTH & FAMILY EDUCATION
ADULT EDUCATION
B’NEI MITZVAH (YOUTH & ADULT)
YOUTH GROUPS
CAMP KEE TOV
GIFT SHOP
INTERFAITH ACTIVITIES
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
TIKKUN OLAM
TZEDAKAH
SOCIAL ACTION
GREEN TEAM
LIFE STORIES
LIBRARY
HOMELESS MEAL
MITZVAH CORPS
RITUAL COMMITTEE
MEN’S CLUB
WOMEN OF BETH EL
TRIBE OF 20s AND 30s
ROSH CHODESH WOMEN’S GROUP
PEOPLE OF THE BOOK
WISE AGING

 
Green Team: The Green Team is leading Beth El’s effort to increase environmental awareness and take action to “green” our community in every possible way including seeking a special certification. For more information, contact Ted Obbard at ted.obbard@gmail.com.
 
Life Stories: Life Stories creates a safe space to explore experiential writing. The session starts with a prompt followed by a period of sharing. The groups are diverse in age, gender, and even religion. This is a closed group. Anyone interested should contact Marilyn Margulius at mmargulius@comcast.net.
 
Library:  The Library Committee supports the adults’ and children’s libraries. Committee members meet on weekday afternoons to shelve books and review new additions. For more information, contact Scott Spear at scottspear415@gmail.com.
 
Homeless Meal:  The synagogue serves a meal to those in need on the third Sunday of every month. There is usually a medical clinic before the meal. You can participate by signing up to cook or serve the meal at http://bethelhomelessmeal.org. For more information, contact Ruth Spear at mitzvah.meal@gmail.com
 
Mitzvah Corps: This group provides a simple way for congregants to help each other in times of acute or temporary need. On a private website, Mitzvah Coordinators post requests for meals, rides, and even visits to help a congregant or family navigate a transition. For more information, contact Susan Zarchy at susanzarchy@gmail.com.
 
Ritual Committee: Ritual is one of the key pillars of Jewish life. Through working with clergy, the Ritual Committee helps in planning Beth El’s Shabbat and Jewish Holidays including programming, food and ritual observances. For more information, contact Lisa Feldman at lisafeld@gmail.com.
 
Men’s Club: The Men’s Club is a social group that sponsors events throughout the year. Past programming has included the Chanukah Latkefest,  Men’s Club Shabbat,  “The Day at the A’s” and the Cal Women’s Basketball game. For more information, contact Lee Horowitz at leejhorowitz@gmail.com
 
Women of Beth El: This group organizes social events throughout the year catered to the women of our community focusing on building meaningful relationships. For more information, contact Lorianna Seidlitz-Smith at loriannaseidlitz@gmail.com.
 
Tribe: A diverse group of young adults in our 20’s and 30’s that is creating and growing our Jewish community connections in the Bay Area. Our core mission is to help young Jewish adults in the wider East Bay connect through social, spiritual and intellectual activities and events. For more information, please email tribe@bethelberkeley.org
 
Rosh Chodesh:  A women’s monthly spiritual gathering to celebrate the new moon and with creativity, learning, and song. For more information, contact Lisa Feldman at lisafeld@gmail.com.
 
People of the Book: This group meets monthly for lively discussions of books found in the Beth El library.  For more information, contact Jeff Gillman at jeffgillman@hotmail.com.
 
Wise Aging: Join fellow members in exploring their own aging process by participating in a spiritual support group. The group is open to congregants over the age of 55 and is structured around general topics relevant to the aging process. For more information, contact Susan Sugarman at susansugarmanlcsw@gmail.com.