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Due to a paving project by the City of Palo Alto, street access to Beth Am will be limited on Saturday, August 6. The only direction you can drive on Arastradero is eastbound (toward Palo Alto). This means that to arrive at Beth Am, you need to take Page Mill Rd. to Deer Creek Rd. to Arastradero and turn right into the Beth Am campus. To leave Beth Am, you will only be able to turn right out of the driveway. Thank you for your understanding.

Beth Am community member Andrew Pearl is an at-risk and vulnerable adult who left his residence at Middlefield and Forest Ave. in Palo Alto the evening of July 11. His family and friends have not seen him since. He has no cellphone or identification. Andrew is respectful, quiet, and soft spoken and keeps to himself or small groups. He was last seen wearing jeans, white Adidas shoes with red stripes, a t-shirt and possibly a hooded sweatshirt.

If you see Andrew, please immediately call Palo Alto Police at (650) 329-2413 or 911. Help return him to his family, friends and the Beth Am community.

According to Kabbalistic tradition, in order to create the universe, God needed to pull back — to refrain from occupying all the space that existed, so that there would be an empty place in which the world could grow. This process was called, in Hebrew, tzimtzum — contraction. I have an image in my head of a great, huge, 100% all-encompassing God shrinking just a little — creating a small gap in God’s fullness so that the tiny little seed of creation would be able to take root. It reminds me of summers at Beth Am. Read more...

See what's going on at Beth Am in the combined July/August issue of the Beth Am Builder! The Builder provides coverage of this month's highlighted events and stories of note.

The prayer-life of Congregation Beth Am is both communal and personal, offering quiet, meditative moments as well as community celebration. First and foremost, our worship is musical and participatory, inclusive and intergenerational, egalitarian and welcoming. The Service Schedule shows who is speaking at each service and other information.

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Beth Am is a warm and friendly congregation. Our members form deep, long-lasting friendships and are dedicated to meaningful worship, dynamic Jewish learning and compassionate care through all stages of life. Beth Am is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism.

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For over 60 years, Congregation Beth Am has been sustained by the free will offerings of our members. Their heartfelt gifts of time, skill and financial resources have helped to create a place of remarkable physical and spiritual beauty.


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Congregation Beth Am
  • 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
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We strive to live as a holy community whose study and practice of judaism inspires and challenges us to "do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with our God" (Micah 6:8).