While our About Us page tells you a bit about our history, how to contact us, where services are held, and other tidbits, this section is meant to give you a good feeling for who we are and what we think about some of the key issues facing Jewish people today.

While the best way to get to know us is to come to one of our services, events, or Torah studies, we’ve tried to capture the essence of our thinking in the articles linked to below.

We’d love to talk to you about these articles, either in person or email your comments to rabbi@beyttikkun.org


Beyt Tikkun: A Synagogue Without Walls is a spiritual home for politically progressive people, both Jewish and non-Jewish, both local to the Bay Area and throughout the world, incorporating Jewish spiritual wisdom, practices, and rituals. A central theme of Judaism is to heal and repair ourselves and the world. We uplift those parts of our tradition that embody the revolutionary consciousness characterized by love of the stranger, a movement toward freedom and justice, and a critique of imperial power and thinking. The audacity of the Hebrew prophets guides our spiritual and religious practices and mandates us to challenge oppression in all its manifestations. 

This is the core of what our founder Rabbi Michael Lerner envisioned when he started Beyt Tikkun in 1996. Rabbi Lerner was mentored by Abraham Joshua Heschel at the Jewish Theological Seminary and received rabbinic ordination from a rabbinic beyt din directed by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, the founder of Jewish Renewal. Rabbi Lerner has shaped the religious life of Beyt Tikkun and empowered us to continue his legacy. 

Rabbi Lerner’s prophetic vision infuses our liturgy, our rituals, our inclusive, egalitarian, and loving  community, our advocacy, and our social action. Through his involvement in social justice work and as a psychologist studying the psycho-dynamics of working people, Rabbi Lerner became deeply aware of the isolation many people experience in their day-to-day lives and recognized the centrality of creating religious communities that nurture its members. At Beyt Tikkun, we strive to co-create the community and the world we want by manifesting love and care for each other,  the stranger, and the planet. We show up for each other and for those in need. 

We use traditional liturgy infused with hasidic joy, spiritual depth, feminist wisdom, and a critical consciousness which allows us to continually innovate while retaining the core of traditional Jewish worship. We support those in Israel and Palestine who seek justice and security for all and an end to the occupation. We are aware that for peace and justice to prevail, we have to challenge the global capitalist ethos of domination, selfishness, and materialism and replace it with a new ethos of love and caring for each other and the planet. Our liturgy, our rituals, our services, and our community embrace this loving and caring ethos.