Chartered in 1954 as the Jewish Community of the Monterey Peninsula, Congregation Beth Israel is today serving the spiritual, educational and social needs of the Jews on the Peninsula.
We derive programming and administrative strength from our affiliation with the Union for Reform Judaism, and offer traditional programming to meet the needs of the most observant Jews.
What is Reform Judaism?
Throughout history, Jews have remained firmly rooted in Jewish tradition, even as we learned much from our encounters with other cultures. Since its earliest days, Reform Judaism has asserted that Judaism is a living fountain – not an heirloom frozen in time.
The positions of the Reform Movement are based primarily in two sources:
- resolutions adopted by the Union for Reform Judaism
- resolutions adopted by the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
Congregation Beth Israel’s mission is to be a welcoming and inclusive center for Jewish life in the Monterey Peninsula area.
As a center for Jewish life in our area, accessible to Jews of all backgrounds and their families, Congregation Beth Israel will serve as a house of prayer, a house of study, and a house of community, consistent with Jewish values and ethics.
Congregation Beth Israel is the dynamic, vibrant center for Jewish life in the Monterey Peninsula area. Our members celebrate and nurture relationships with God and with each other while respecting and wrestling with our Jewish tradition.
Our doors are open to all who seek the guidance of our Jewish faith. We strive to make a positive impact on our community, the environment, and on the human condition through Tikkun Olam.