Congregation Beth Israel Judea was formed almost 50 years ago from the merger of two San Francisco Jewish institutions. Congregation Beth Israel, founded in 1860, was originally founded as an Orthodox synagogue, but subsequently became the oldest Conservative Jewish synagogue west of the Mississippi. Temple Judea, founded in 1953 was a young and growing Reform Jewish community, and the first Reform San Francisco temple built in almost 125 years. They joined together to create a fulfilling synthesis of traditional ritual and contemporary Jewish practice.
…and who we are today!
At BIJ we pride ourselves on our welcome and warmth. Jews and non-Jews alike are welcome at all our services and events. We know how important it is to find a spiritual home where Jewish community is valued and real, for Jews and for their non-Jewish family and friends. The congregation is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism.
Here, you can make a difference in the temple and its programs, find new friends, nurture your faith, serve the Jewish people in the San Francisco Bay Area and in the world around us, and cheer with our crowd at a baseball game.
It’s all up to you. Come be a part of our San Francisco Bay Area Jewish community. You are welcome!