Synagogue Life: Innovative Programming – Readers’ Choice 2023

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Congregation Beth Sholom

(415) 221-8736
A new ReadersChoice winner this year, Beth Sholom encourages one and all to discover, deepen and express their Jewish identity through learning, ritual, service and enriched community life.” With roots that date back to 1906, Beth Sholom strives to build and sustain a community empowered to make a positive difference in the world.”

Congregation Shaar Zahav

(415) 861-6932
The Bay Areas first and only LGBTQI synagogue, Shaar Zahav embraces diversity of all kinds, including sexuality, gender, race and ability. Single members, couples, interfaith individuals and single-parent and multicultural families are all welcome. Founded in 1977, the Reform congregation offers programs that focus on Jewish experiences both authentic and transformative.



Congregation Netivot Shalom

(510) 549-9447
Organized in 1989 out of the founding members’ “collective commitment to creating an egalitarian spiritual home for Conservative/Masorti Jews,” Netivot Shalom — a new ReadersChoice winner this year — welcomes intermarried couples, nontraditional households, old and young. We explicitly recognize and cherish each other as teachers and students.”

Temple Beth Abraham

(510) 832-0936  •
A Conservative synagogue founded in 1907, Beth Abraham is known for blending the traditional with the contemporary, and is proud to reflect the values and energy of the Bay Area in the 21st century.” At the warm and uplifting” Kabbalat Shabbat, singing and participation are encouraged. Adult education classes are available, as are monthly mah jongg classes.

Temple Sinai

(510) 451-3263  •
Known for progressive social action programs, this large Reform congregation welcomes Jews by birth, Jews by choice, interfaith families and those wishing to learn more about Judaism.” Innovation is a focus here, and the historic Beaux Arts-style building, which opened in 1914, houses an award-winning preschool and religious school.



Congregation Beth Am

(650) 493-4661
A longtime favorite among J. readers, this popular multigenerational Reform congregation has committed to live as a holy community where the study and practice of Judaism inspires and challenges members to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with our God.” Womens groups, learning cohorts and family groups all are available.

Peninsula Temple Beth El

(650) 341-7701
Beth El considers every member both a teacher and a learner, and seeks to inspire and nourish your spirit by cultivating an energetic, engaged Jewish community enwrapped in Torah, music, worship, belonging, justice, and Israel.” Through the wide forging of bonds, the synagogues social action programs and creative worship help members find purpose and meaning.



Congregation Rodef Sholom

(415) 479-3441
Coming soon — Rodef Sholoms expanded new home is predicted to open in late spring at the site of the original building. Meanwhile, the Reform congregation continues to ignite the passion to connect — with Jewish values, with each other, and with our world.” Social justice and climate action are focal points, with innovative pilot programs available.

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