Worship | Congregation Beth Am



Worship & Meditation

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 the speaker for each service, as well as times for smaller Minyanim and Jewish Meditation.

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Our aim is to bring the timeless spirit of Jewish tradition into a setting that encourages innovation and creativity. We are a theologically diverse congregation in which stimulating, challenging Torah study is valued. We pray to God; we question God; we take seriously all opinions and concerns related to faith. Our personal reasons for entering the sanctuary are also diverse. Therefore, our prayers range from contemplative and comforting to joyful and exuberant. And finally, congregational worship is where we celebrate our personal moments with the community – Bar and Bat Mitzvah, the naming of newborns, blessings for newlyweds, anniversaries and other milestones, the loss of loved ones and friends. In these moments we give and receive the warmth of a “mazal tov” or the open hand of comfort and consolation.   

At right you will find links to information describing:

  • the variety of worship opportunities at Beth Am
  • an archive of our clergy’s sermons and talks by guest speakers
  • information about how we observe the Jewish life cycle
The new two-minute meditations from Rabbi Janet Marder, entitled Reflections On the Beloved Verses of Psalm 23 -- The Lord is my Shepherd, are now available.
A Part of Beth Am's History — After 32 years, the Friendship Minyan has dropped to a handful of participants, and so it has been disbanded.
Erev Shabbat Service With Guest Speaker Rabbi Erin Mason — Rabbi Erin Mason, Director of URJ Camp Newman, will speak about inclusion of all children at camp as an intrinsically Jewish value, representing a model for the entire Jewish community.
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).