November 2021 Important Announcements


  • Transgender Awareness week is observed the week leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance, on Saturday, 11/20. Temple Beth Torah will be observing this week with the following Shabbat observances:

    • Friday, 11/12 - Celebrate Transgender Awareness week at Shabbat Services

      • We will celebrate the beauty and joy that comes forth when human beings created B’tzelem Elohim (in God’s Image) are able to be their true selves in prayer, in song, and in words of Torah. If Transgender Awareness week is an observance that touches your experience or that of a loved one - and you would like to participate in this service - please be in touch with Rabbi Zoe.

    • Friday, 11/19 - Transgender Day of Remembrance Observance

      • According to the most recent numbers by Human Rights Campaign, so far this year, over 44 transgender and gender non-conforming loved ones were murdered for being who they are. Even one murder is too many. During Rabbi Zoe’s Installation service, we will include an observance in memory of our transgender loved ones whose lives were stolen from them.

    • Please pre-register to attend  one or both of these services.

  • Also on Friday, 11/19, join us for Musical Shabbat Services as we celebrate Rabbi Zoe’s official installation as the rabbi of Temple Beth Torah. This is an event not to be missed! Services will be filled with the musical talents of Dave Makower. Rabbi Zoe will be installed by Rabbi Laura Novak Winer. Please pre-register to attend

  • Join Rabbi Zöe for a post-Thanksgiving "Turkey Trot" on Saturday, 11/27 at 10:00am. This will be an easy-to-moderate hike around Coyote Hills! No registration required, but if you do plan on joining us, please email Mara Sheade at so she can contact you for any last minute changes due to weather. We'll meet at the Coyote Hills Parking Lot, i.e. the first dirt parking lot on the left as you come up Patterson Ranch Road towards the Visitor Center. Please note that there is $5 parking fee if you're not an East Bay Regional Parks member.

  • This year, JFS SV's virtual Embrace-A-Family program is running from Thursday, 11/18 through Wednesday, 12/15.  ​

    • Click here to go to the EAF 2021 Sign Up Genius

      • Select one or more dreidel wishes from any one of the four tabs by clicking the sign up button.

      • This year, you can choose to spend more on larger gifts, less on smaller gifts, gifts specific to seniors, or just purchase gift cards.

      • Please note that there is a service fee of 5% of the donation plus $0.50 per transaction.

  • TBT is proud to once again contribute to the annual Tri-City Interfaith Council Thanksgiving service on Monday, 11/22 at 7:30pm. Rabbi Zoe will be among those sharing words from our tradition on this year's theme: "Making a Home Together." Join us on Zoom as we come together as an Interfaith community to share gratitude. Prior registration is required - please click here.

  • Temple Beth Torah has created a Legacy Endowment with the Jewish Federation and Foundation of the East Bay. For more information, please contact Pip Ziman at​

  • Donating to TBT is so easy, you can do it while you shop online with the Amazon Smiles program. Please visit our Online Fundraising page to learn more and to sign up for free! Amazon will donate .5% of your purchases back to TBT.