Frequently Asked Questions | Congregation Beth Am

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are Beth Am’s members?
Today’s Jewish individuals and families come in lots of shapes, colors and sizes, and the Beth Am community of 1650 member households reflects that diversity. Our members reside throughout the Peninsula.

Are interfaith families welcome?
Yes! We aim to make Beth Am a welcoming and comfortable place for interfaith families, and to help them deepen their learning and understanding of Judaism, participate in the life of the congregation, and make thoughtful Jewish choices in their lives.

How can I meet people in a large congregation?
Beth Am offers a multitude of small groups organized around learning, socializing, spiritual support and social justice work. You may also want to join a chavurah, a group which gathers regularly for discussions, holiday celebrations and other Jewish activities.

When does my child begin Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation?
Beth Am requires a minimum of four years in Hebrew and youth education programs in order to celebrate becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Your child will receive credit for Hebrew and Judaica education received at another synagogue or through Jewish day school. To discuss special circumstances, please contact the director of the B’nei Mitzvah program.

How do I find out what’s going on at Beth Am?

What are the membership fees?
Every member is asked to make a self-assessed “fair share” contribution of 1.6% of the family gross income plus a Building Fund contribution. For members age 36 and under, the annual contribution is just $36 per year. If someone wants to be part of Beth Am, our dues structure is never an obstacle, and individuals are invited to have a confidential conversation with our Executive Director Rachel Tasch.

Congregation Beth Am
  • 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
  • (650) 493-4661 Contact Us

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).