Celebrating Simchat Torah
Simchat Torah marks the completion of the annual cycle of weekly Torah readings. On Simchat Torah, we read the last Torah portion, and then proceed immediately to the first chapter of Genesis, reminding us that the Torah is a circle, and never ends.
This completion of the readings is a time of great celebration. This year, we will be celebrating the holiday at our Friday night services on October 28th. Please join us for this warm and resonant ritual.
About Beth Chaim
Beth Chaim Congregation is Contra Costa County’s vital Jewish community, providing a vibrant, embracing, enriching environment for over 500 residents in the Tri-Valley.
We are a community that offers worship, celebration, youth education, community service, continuing adult education, and a portfolio of enriching events and programs.
But we are also more than merely a synagogue, and even more than a religious school and a center for life-cycle events. We are a community — one in which our members make a real difference, and one that in return makes a real difference in the lives of our members.
A Personal Welcome to Beth Chaim
The traditional words of welcome in the Jewish tradition are “Baruch Habah B’Shem Adonai” which is usually translated as, “Blessed Are You in the Name of God.” I prefer the translation, “It is a blessing that you have come, to make us all aware that it is through relationship that we are brought into the presence of God.” Our people have always known that one of the most vital spiritual avenues – ways we can experience the mystery that is God -- is through relationship.