Social Groups

Congregation Beth Jacob is a vibrant, warm and welcoming community where people of diverse ages and backgrounds build meaningful relationships.  At CBJ, there are a variety of ways to meet other members and be a part of that community.  These groups are open to all and always looking for new members. Come join us!





CBJ will have two book groups active in 2014-15. Details are emerging. Please contact us at for up-to-date information or check the CBJ calendar.



At CBJ we believe in the power of small groups. To foster deeper friendships and stronger affiliation we want to offer many paths to connect with other members in a meaningful way. We encourage every CBJ member to join a Chavurah, an Affinity Group—or both!


A Chavurah is an opportunity to develop life-long friendships. Each Chavurah is a small group of CBJ individuals, couples, or families who decide to join together for socializing, learning, and celebrating Jewish life together. A Chavurah offers its members friendships, an extended family, and a sense of closer belonging within the larger CBJ community. Traditional Chavurot are generally demographic-based, matching families with children of a similar age, for example. The Chavurah members plan a variety of programs according to their interests, including community service and  educational, religious, cultural, recreational, and social events. Members also participate together in larger congregational events. Each Chavurah meets often enough to develop close friendships among the members, and may gather in a variety of locations.


An Affinity Group, or Interest Group, offers the chance to connect with other CBJ members around shared hobbies, activities, or topics. We are offering several suggestions for getting started, but feel free to suggest your own. These groups will cross demographic lines and bring together individuals with a common interest. Meeting times and location will be different for each group. The groups are designed to help members to get to know each other outside the synagogue, yet are also designed to build relationships within the synagogue.


You will be matched with other CBJ members whose requests most closely match your own. We will help you get organized and provide lots of ideas and resources. Once a year or so, each group will be invited to take on a small part of synagogue life, such as leading a service, hosting a Kiddush, or running a social action program.

If you are interested in joining or starting a Chavurah, please complete this form and return it to Eric Stone by email or give him a call at 650-366-8481.


Sisterhood is where Beth Jacob women of all ages can meet regularly for social activities, support, wisdom, learning, recreation, spiritual endeavors and service to the CBJ and the greater community.

Women through the ages have gained wisdom, support and inspiration from other women. CBJ women gather on a Sunday every month when the moon is new (Rosh Chodesh) to explore life together. We have engaged in guided mediation, learned to bake Jewish foods, planned and created rituals, studied with inspiring female teachers, listened to each other's stories, created art, enjoyed music, and have eaten a lot of food!

Dues for the year (July to June) are $36, and help to pay for our leaders and special events. Even if you can only attend one event, please consider becoming a Sisterhood member. Also, your donations in honor/memory of loved ones can be earmarked for the Sisterhood.

Check the CBJ calendar for upcoming Sisterhood events.

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Do you have an idea for a Social Group that you would like to see at Beth Jacob?  Contact Eric Stone by email or at 650-366-8481.