Activities & Committees

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Social Action

At CBT, we embrace the commandment of Tikun Olam and our community is very involved in local and national efforts to create a more just world and sustainable environment for all. 


The B’nai Tikvah Choir, under the expert direction of Rabbi Jennie Chabon, performs at High Holidays and through the year. Additionally, the choir participates in different local choral festivals. The choir is open to all members with a love for music. Think you might be interested? We’d love to have you join! Contact Rabbi Chabon.

CBT Choir

Softball Team

CBT has sponsored a softball team in Jewish softball league for many, many years. The season runs from March through July with games played Sunday mornings at Walnut Creek’s Heather Farms. The league is comprised of teams representing various East Bay synagogues and other Jewish organizations. CBTs most recent league championship occurred in 2008. Interested in winning next year’s championship with us (or at least have fun trying)? Contact Bruce Meyers.


Or get involved in one of our many committees by contacting the committee chair:

  • Adult Education. Our Adult Education Committee focuses on adult learning with an emphasis on Judaism, spirituality, and other subjects of interest to our community. This committee works closely with our Director of Education to energize coordinated learning between our wonderful religious school and the membership at large.  If you’re interested, please contact our Director of Operations who can add you to the list of interested participants.
  • Chesed (Bert Gunter, Chesed is a Hebrew word that loosely translates as “lovingkindness,” “compassion.” Fitting this definition, the purpose of the Chesed committee is to provide help and support to CBT congregants in times of need. Examples include providing rides to medical appointments, visiting ill or elderly members, providing meals on a short term basis, etc. We invite all to join us and become part of our contact list to help spread the load and assure that someone is available when CBT members need help.
  • Finance (John Rubenfeld, The Finance Committee prepares CBT’s annual operating budget and periodically reviews CBT’s balance sheet and income statement to ascertain its financial well-being and provide recommendations to the Board of Directors.
  • Fundraising (Lori Siegel, Our Fundraising Committee focuses its creative energy on raising additional funding to support CBT’s community and activities. Past successful fundraising events include:
    • An annual Gala
    • The annual Taste of Walnut Creek Restaurant Walk, when we stroll through the streets of Walnut Creek sampling tastings from a variety of restaurants along the way.
    • Our Legacy Giving program for those who would like to include B’nai Tikvah in their estate plans
    • Our Culture of Giving Capital Campaign with a specific aim of paying down the mortgage on our beautiful synagogue
  • Israel and World Jewry (Julia Babka-Kurzrock, Through an array of youth, family and adult programming, we will build a strong connection between CBT and the people of Israel that will deepen our understanding of Israel’s history, society, and culture and encourage travel as well as study opportunities. Our committee includes a strong partnership with the local Israel scouts Shevet Egoz, ( and other local community/organizations.
  • Membership. (Jeff Rackmil, Our Membership Committee strives to understand the programming needs and wants of our membership and creates programs to thrill them. This committee also welcomes new members, provides opportunities to assist our members, and generally serves as ambassadors of CBT with the express intent of growing and suntanning our membership with innovative programming.
  • Men of CBT The Men of CBT is our Temple men’s group which strives to serve the men in our community with innovative programming and activities.  Past activities have included trips to the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco – with a Jewish deli lunch), Bocce ball tournaments, Pizza parties and poker nights.  The Men of CBT also perform services for the Temple including helping with projects where appropriate, bar tending at functions and transporting items for our annual High Holiday celebrations.
  • Online Communications (Samantha Youngman, The Online Communications Committee is responsible for the technology and content of B’nai Tikvah’s social media presence (facebook, instagram, twitter, pinterest, youtube). More broadly, the committee consults on other communications opportunities including on-line advertising, video content and outreach to the membership and community. This committee invites members with an interest in on-line communications to join and contribute to our group.
  • Religious School (Andrea Slavet, The Religious School Committee provides support and assistance to the Director of Religious Education in all aspects of education and social functions relating to the Religious School.
  • Ritual (Idelle Lipman. The Ritual Committee supports the Clergy in their creation and implementation of meaningful Shabbat and holiday services.  Committee members encourage participation in synagogue life, provide hands-on assistance for special programs and help shape ritual policies and guidelines. The Committee also acts as a sounding board for congregants to voice their ideas and hopes. Our Ritual Committee seeks to enhance the warm, inviting atmosphere for which our congregation is known. We meet the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p,m. and welcome your participation in enhancing our Committee.
  • Sisterhood (Rayna Ravitz). B’nai Tikvah Sisterhood is a social organization that promotes camaraderie and service to the temple and the Jewish community. Sisterhood pitches in by helping sponsor Temple Events, such as fundraisers and religious school activities.
  • Social Action (David Ratner,  The mission of Congregation B’nai Tikvah’s Social Action Committee is to foster within our synagogue the desire to heal the world.