Following the Contra Costa Health Department Guidelines, Shabbat Services & Programming Canceled through April 7.  The CBT building and office will be closed through April 7, but our staff will be checking email and voicemail. Please read B’nai Tikvah emails for ongoing updates.

NEW: watch Shabbat Live Streams here

Connect • Imagine • Belong

A warm, engaging, spiritual home where tradition meets inspiration

Connect • Imagine • Belong

A warm, engaging, spiritual home where tradition meets inspiration

Dear CBT Family,
We have received many calls from congregants on how we can support each other during this time of pandemic. Since today’s order for us all to shelter at home, our office is closed, but we still want to stay connected and to support the most vulnerable members of our community.

So what can we do to help? At CBT we will be organizing a few things during this time of social-distancing. In the coming weeks as we grapple with a new reality, we will do as much as safely possible to help each other, help those in need in our community, as well as see if and how we can help our local community. In this period of social isolation, it is important for us to remember we still have our loving CBT family and we are here for you and for each other. Below are a few things we are working on. Please contact Keren Smith, if you would like to participate in any of the following offerings:

  1. If you need help going to the grocery store or pharmacy due to these restrictions
  2. If you do not fall into the high risk categories and can help go to the store or drive our elderly members to appointments
  3. Or if you would be willing to make Shabbat phone calls to keep our community connected. A group of folks made some Shabbat calls last week and it was very meaningful. Our goal for the next week is to reach out to all of our members.

Our next Shabbat service will be live-stream, and we have offered and will continue to send Shabbat videos to you as well as mid-week songs and teachings. Also, stay tuned for our communal learning opportunities, including a dynamic virtual Torah study with Rabbi Chabon.

Keren and Rabbi Chabon will be reaching out to those with children in Religious School with virtual programming and services. Stay tuned for that.

We will also be working on ways to connect with our congregation during Pesach. More on that as the holiday approaches.

We all do not know how long this will go on. But our faith is strong and our community will remain connected through it all. Rabbi Chabon, Keren, Chanel, Amanda and Kathy are keeping this all together for us. Our student rabbi Sammy is also keeping in touch and will be able to assist in keeping our connections strong during this time.

Please let me know if there is anything that I can do for any of you.


Keep Singing

Keep Singing ~ March 17th, 2020

This is a deeply trying time, but it is also giving us opportunities to stretch our ways of connecting to one another from afar. In that spirit, here is another little dose of musical medicine from Rabbi Chabon and Lisa Zeiler. Make sure to subscribe to the Congregation B’nai TIkvah YouTube site to watch all our videos.

Angels Sing on Yom Kippur

Angels Sing on Yom Kippur

Rabbi Jennie Chabon and our recent Bat Mitzvah Rona Sorokin sing If It Be Your Will by Leonard Cohen on Kol Nidre 5780.

What’s Happening at CBT

  1. Tue 07

    Jewish Meditation – A Taste of Torah- Cancelled

    Cancelled due to Covid-19
    Apr 07 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  2. Tue 07

    Online Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Chabon

    Congregation Bnai Tikvah is inviting you
    Apr 07 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  3. Tue 07

    Seder Preparation Class by Chef Jesse Bloom

    We have yet another Passover offering
    Apr 07 @ 2:30 pm
  4. Tue 07

    Seder Preparation Class by Chef Jesse Bloom

    We have yet another Passover offering
    Apr 07 @ 2:30 pm


At Congregation B’nai Tikvah, music guides and uplifts our prayer and brings us together in a place of peace. So turn up the volume and enjoy some music from our Cantor here or, better yet, come and enjoy it with us…

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

— Berthold Auerbach

Soulful Prayer

Prayer is a deeply personal journey, so come learn about our services to see if they might facilitate yours. Our services are modern, spiritual, and musical, and welcoming for the entire family.

Social Justice

B’nai Tikvah is a mission-driven organization and our community is actively involved in the fight for social justice. Learn about our causes and how you can get involved.


Sure, we teach Hebrew and learn about our history and holidays but Education at CBT is about much more than “school” : it’s a community.


Meet the people who make CBT what it is, learn about our mission, and how we spend our time.

Who is CBT?

B’nai Tikvah is so much more than a synagogue for us. It has become our spiritual home, part of our love story, and part of our family. Kevin and I went Temple shopping while dating, and immediately fell in love with B’nai Tikvah’s sanctuary and community. People came up to us even before services to say hello! Within a month, a member deemed herself our “Temple mom,” and we formed a strong bond with Cantor Chabon. In just one year, the community held us through the passing of my beloved mother and celebrated with us as we got married in B’nai Tikvah’s sanctuary. We love going to services, and truly miss it when we are away. We look forward to strengthening this beautiful community and to give back the love we have been showered with!
We joined B’nai Tikvah to find a community in which my children could establish their Jewish identities and go through their B’nai Mitzvah experience. Little did I anticipate, that many years later, I would have an adult B’nai Mitzvah service of my own that strengthened my own bond to Judaism. I am grateful to have found this community in which my family has been able to learn and grow.
We came, we saw, we were conquered by the welcoming, warmth of everyone we encountered at B’nai Tikvah, by Rabbi Gutterman’s words and Cantor Chabon’s voice. We felt at home.

What if I’m New?

CBT strives to be the most welcoming shul around because new people bring new perspectives and new energy. If you like to sing, play, march, chat, or pray, we’ve got something for you. Come learn more.

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25 Hillcroft Way
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
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