Beth Am means home to me, as it did for my parents who helped found Beth Am, and for my children — as I hope it will for my grandchildren. L’dor va-dor – from generation to generation. — Linda Kurz
Beth Am is a warm and friendly congregation. Our members form deep, long-lasting friendships, enrich their lives through shared learning, celebrate joyous occasions together and support one another in times of need. Beth Am members come from diverse backgrounds and family configurations, and everyone is welcome, including single adults, intermarried couples, multi-ethnic, LGBT and single parent families.
Life-long learning, spiritual growth and service to others are at the heart of our community. Our congregation is at the forefront of the Reform movement in offering a rich variety of educational opportunities – not only for children, but for families to study together and for adult learning at many levels. Our worship and learning are focused on helping all members to deepen their exploration of Judaism and connect personally to the tradition. We come together, above all, for the sake of tikkun olam – working to repair the world through acts of compassion and justice.
Aleph Bet Membership Program
Beth Am is continuing to offer our popular introductory plan for families whose oldest child is starting Kindergarten, which we call our Aleph Bet membership program. Through the Aleph Bet program, you can register for our outstanding youth education programs, and the privileges of full membership will be included with your registration fees at no additional cost. The Aleph Bet program is designed to provide you with a taste of all Beth Am has to offer during your first year at the congregation. We hope that by sampling a wide range of activities, you will develop connections, make new friends and build relationships for years to come.
To explore what the Aleph Bet program can offer your family, we invite you to celebrate Shabbat (including tot-friendly services with our community). View the service calendar for more information.
36 FOR 36 Program
Beth Am is also offering a special program for anyone 36 or younger. We invite you to join for just $36 a year!
If you would like information on membership, please contact the Beth Am office at (650) 493-4661 or send an email. Our office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can always leave us a message.
Better yet, get to know us by attending Shabbat or holiday services, taking a class, trying out our free monthly films or any activity that interests you. Browse the rest of this website for more information about who we are and what we do, and you will find detailed information about upcoming events on our online calendar.
We look forward to seeing you on campus and welcoming you to our congregational family.
What congregants say:
Joining Beth Am after a long period of non-affiliation has meant a great deal to me. Not only has the temple offered me new friends and an extended family but it has enriched my life by returning me to my Jewish roots. — Ellyne Rabin
Beth Am is the focus of our family's life. We now have three generations of our family actively participating and this is our 45th year of membership . . . Torah and Talmud are studied not only for content, but as a blueprint for life. — Ron Kaye
Beth Am is a holy place filled with people doing God’s work. It exudes warmth, caring, and love. Whether it be voices raised in songs of praise and worship, its many tzedaka opportunities, the camaraderie in one of the many study sessions or the simple greetings and hugs exchanged in the corridors, Beth Am to me is a beautiful community that exemplifies the power of God’s love. — Debbie LaFetra
All through my growing up, Beth Am has been a place of friendship and comfort. There are opportunities to learn and the chance to make a difference in the community. I enjoy attending classes and socializing with my Jewish friends. Beth Am is the place I feel comfortable when something is troubling me. The Beth Am community is a friendly and caring group of Jews who all respect and take care of each other. — Danny Snyder
I feel so exhilarated to know that here at Beth Am is an oasis of integrity, and that my family can look to our community as a living example of hope and goodness. — Lori Plante