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A bright future

We’ve Come Together

This year Congregation B’nai Emunah and Congregation Beth Israel Judea are merging to become one congregation on the south side of SF! We have embarked on this journey with the help of both Boards of Directors, our interim Rabbi Samuel Barth, and over 80 volunteers across 12 Action Teams headed by one Merger Council.

In the season ahead we are excited to create a new shul with a new name, Am Tikvah, and the right space for our new community to gather. We invite you to join us in creating an inclusive and supportive community of spiritual engagement, rooted in the synthesis of progressive values & tradition.

We are welcoming: Jews and Non-Jews. experienced prayer leaders, newbies and questioners. Jews of all ages and means. We will meet you where you are.

We are inclusive: people with disabilities, learning differences, people of color, LGBTQ are the fabric and strength of our diverse and inclusive family.

The First Annual Am Tikvah
Candle Lighting Celebration

hanukkah on Taraval St     hanukkah on Brotherhood Way

December 5, 2021 at Brotherhood Way, starting at 5:00 pm

Bring your chanukiyot for a beautiful group candle lighting, and join the fun! COVID-safe refreshments will be provided.

Masks and Proof of Vaccination Required

Lunch and Learn

November 18 – Rabbi Sami
December 16 – Rabbi Shana
January 20 – Rabbi Katie
February 17 – Rabbi Sami
March 24 (delayed one week for Purim) – Rabbi Shana
April 21 – Rabbi Katie
May 19 – Rabbi Shana
June 16 – Rabbi Sami
July – summer break, no session
August – Rabbi Katie

Save the date!
Here is a schedule for our Collaborative Learning sessions through next August. Time will likely be 1–2 pm. Locations and format are still to be determined.

Thoughts on the Torah

Read Frank Kurtz’s drash on the portion “Bereshit”, including a comparison between the big bang and the creation story in Bereshit.


Our Shared values

As we continue to learn and worship together, imagining new programming and vision, we hold a commitment to these enduring shared values:

  • Inclusive and egalitarian
  • Warm and welcoming extended family
  • Connected and participatory community
  • Hamish and unpretentious
  • Non-judgmental and accepting
  • Committed to social justice

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