All of our Beth Chaim families strive to live meaningful lives, secure loved ones, celebrate joys and share the burden of sorrows in the context of a Jewish congregation. At Beth Chaim, we accept and support interfaith families in their desire to live and observe Jewish faith traditions.
Beth Chaim engages with other local faith communities to support, learn from, and collaborate across all faith traditions. Beth Chaim actively promotes programs to build a strong interfaith community, to teach ourselves and our children how to live lives that honor acceptance, promote cross-tradition collaboration and living productive lives in a diverse community.
Conversations: An Interfaith Dialogue Series
4th Friday of each month
Interfaith Council of Contra Costa Monthly Retreats on Compassion at San Damiano
A monthly retreat beginning Sunday, March 10th for everyone, from students to older people of any particular faith or life philosophy, to those with an Interfaith spirituality. Sliding Scale and scholarships available.
Each month we will take a look at Compassion through the lens of a different faith tradition-life philosophy.
Rabbi Dan Goldblatt will be speaking this Sunday, April 7th with two more Compassion Day Retreats to follow on the first Sunday afternoons of the month, May 5th & June 2nd.
We will use many resources, including Karen Armstrong's 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life.
Sunday, April 7th, 2019
Dinner included for $40-60 (sliding scale)
A second season will finish the Armstrong book from September to December. Costs and more information to come.
Organized and lead by ICCCC.
Understanding Muslim Neighbors seminars with internationally renowned scholar, Professor, and Rabbi Reuven Firestone on Sunday April 14, 9:30am-4:30pm at Beth El in Berkeley.
Events are always being updated - check back often
Links to Interfaith Groups
Below are links to local interfaith groups and other faiths that Beth Chaim is affiliated with:
- Interfaith Dialogue & Education across faith traditions. Sharing different religious underpinnings, practices and experiences is a powerful antidote for the spread of anti-Semitism and interfaith bullying. Beth Chaim, in conjunction with the I-SRV community, offers open and candid dialogue across multiple traditions. Partnering with other faith tradition clergy and prominent authors and leaders, we explore, expand and evolve our own values and attitudes.
- Interfaith Education. Each year Rabbi Dan challenges our interfaith thinking and values through readings, meaningful dialogue and story in an educational workshop series.
We believe that lasting and productive partnerships across all faith traditions is integral to our Jewish perspective and the larger East Bay community.