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. For Jewish holiday date information, see the holiday calendar.

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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

Read about Congregation Beth Am's Worship and Spiritual Living: A Vision for the Future.

Now Available on the Beth Am Website — A holiday listing with dates as well as links to Beth Am celebrations (as they become available) is now available on the Beth Am website. Check out the Beth Am Jewish Holiday Calendar.
Rejoice in the Torah! — On this festive night, Jews around the world complete the reading of the Torah and begin anew with the first words of Genesis. Bring your family for an evening of rejoicing!
Led by Rabbi Janet Marder and Cantor Jaime Shpall — On Shemini Atzeret, the concluding day of the festival of Sukkot, it is customary to recite yizkor (memorial prayers) in remembrance of our loved ones. At the conclusion of this festival service, which also includes the chanting of Hallel (Psalms of praise), a light brunch will be served. RSVP for the brunch to Emily Osterman, and let her know if you have names of loved ones to be read aloud.
"As the High Holy Days approach, we prepare for our shared time of reflection and renewal. Wherever we gather in a particular year, we create the Beth Am community — one enriched by beautiful music, the spirit and commitment of our members, our genuine care for one another. We look forward to sharing these meaningful days with all of you, and send warmest wishes for a healthy and peaceful new year." — Rabbi Janet Marder and Beth Am President Bruce Ives
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).