Our celebration together in Shabbat and other services, our shared learning, and our care for each other throughout our life cycles strengthen us. In community, we support each other in our daily lives, our work to heal our world, and our passages through life changes — some joyous and exhilarating, others binding us to each other in tenderness. In this wild, meshugenah world, when we’ve found the people we can laugh and cry with, we know we’ve come home.

Become a member

Chochmat HaLev depends on its (very appreciated) volunteers. See something you are able to help with? Please let us know: Email or call 510-704-9687.

  • High Holy Days Volunteers
  • Leaflet makers
  • Shabbat greeters
  • Friday Night Oneg setup and cleanup
  • Chochmat HaLev Kitchen Angel
  • Supply Room Angel
  • Office Help
Chevra Kadisha (Holy Burial Society)

The Chevra Kadisha works with the spiritual leaders to assist our community members in Jewish practices related to death, burial and mourning. The mission of our Chevra Kadisha is to provide support to bereaved community members by providing the traditional mitzvah of Taharah (ritual purification and dressing of the deceased).

We also serve as an educational resource for our entire community. We develop ritual, liturgy and practices that reflect our community’s values of Jewish Renewal, egalitarianism and mindfulness.

Contact: Email with the subject “Chevra Kadisha” or call the office 510-704-9687.

Heart to heart

Heart to Heart volunteers provide comfort and support to members who are ill, homebound, isolated, or otherwise in distress. Heart to Heart helps those in need of temporary assistance, and gives congregants a way to channel their spirituality into genuine connections with others. We raise sparks of the divine by building these connections. As we help others, we are blessed ourselves. Activities include

  • Visiting members in the hospital or at home.
  • Delivering cooked food and/or groceries; picking up medication at a pharmacy.
  • Driving people to and from doctor’s appointments.
  • Making phone contact and offering prayers to a congregant who is temporarily ill or homebound.

Need assistance?

If you are a member in need of assistance, please contact our committee at or call the office 510-704-9687. We will mobilize our committee and do our best to meet your needs, offer comfort and care.

Want to volunteer?

We are run entirely by congregational volunteers. If you have ideas of how to strengthen our work or are interested in volunteering, please contact the office and the committee chair will get back to you.