Temple Beth Hillel has a well earned reputation for being a friendly and inclusive community. We offer many life enriching opportunities of involvement. The very best way to find out if Temple Beth Hillel is the right fit for you is to come visit. Guests are welcome to attend Shabbat services and a wide array of activities. We send a weekly list of activities to our members and interested visitors in our TBH E-letter. You may add your name and remove your name at any time to the TBH E-letter. Our pre-school, Day school and Religious School will more than happy to answer all your questions and give you a tour of the schools. The Executive Director is also available to give tours of the entire synagogue campus and to answer any questions.
For a personal tour of the facility, please contact us at (818) 763-9148. Please also share with us if you are interested in speaking with our Director of Early Childhood Education, Director of Religious School or the Director of the Day School.
Temple Beth Hillel is an independent 501(c)3 not-for-profit religious organization. Since our inception in 1946, we have been a member of the Reform Movement. However, the temple is not supported by any outside organization. Our operational costs are paid for in three ways:
- Fees – such as school registration fees
Each of these income sources are vital. Members are responsible for the financial condition of the temple, including supporting the temple. Every year, the entire membership reviews and approves/disapproves the budgeted expenses and dues/fees at the annual congregational meeting. Members are encouraged to contact the Treasurer with questions regarding our expenses or income sources.
Temple Beth Hillel offers financial consideration to a limited number of families every year to ensure that temporary financial difficulties do not effect a members’ ability to remain a part of our community. We are strong believers in being there for any member of our community in need, but the Temple itself is a costly institution to run each year. Our budget resources are limited. Temple Beth Hillel, like most synagogues, demonstrate ‘due diligence’ to it’s members by asking families interested in ‘financial consideration’ (some temples refer to this as ‘dues relief’) to complete a one page confidential form that explains the need for consideration. All members enjoy full membership privileges regardless of the dollar amount they contribute to income or expenses of the temple. The temple community is greatly enriched by having a diverse, inclusive congregation.
As an “inclusive Jewish community affiliated with the Reform movement…”, we endeavor to make families feel welcome. We reach out to interfaith families, same sex couples, families with special needs, senior citizens and young people alike. We strive to enhance the spiritual, intellectual and cultural life of each member of our Temple family.
TBH has a large number of interfaith families, and as part of the mission of the Outreach Committee, we offer a number of programs to help our families feel welcome and included at TBH. We know that some of the ceremonies, holidays and rites of the Jewish religion can be daunting to the non-Jewish partner, and a little help can go a long way to easing the learning process. We are happy that you have made a commitment to send your children to a Jewish school, and we want to assist you in any way that we can. You should also feel free to talk to the staff and Rabbis at the temple about any of our Outreach programs.