Beyt Tikkun Synagogue

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Beyt Tikkun Synagogue is a Jewish Renewal congregation in the San Francisco Bay Area, United States. It is a loosely organized unconventional endeavor with a small physical base, that is also described by its founder as a "synagogue-without-walls"[1] that since its founding has served as a bully pulpit for its equally unconventional founding-rabbi since its inception.


Beyt Tikkun was founded in 1996 by Rabbi Michael Lerner, and is loosely affiliated with Lerner's Tikkun magazine.[2][3] It describes itself as a "hallachic community bound by Jewish law".[4]

Beyt Tikkun has no building of its own,[5] and the San Francisco Chronicle as well as The New York Times called it the "synagogue-without-walls in San Francisco and Berkeley".[6][7]

In 2010 Lerner moved the Beyt Tikkun Synagogue closer to his Berkeley home to the East Bay, near the U.C. Berkeley campus, on advice of his doctors after cancer surgery.[8][9][10]


Beyt Tikkun found itself in the middle of controversies in 2005 and 2007 when it invited anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan to speak during Yom Kippur services.[11][12]

Code Pink activist Rae Abliea addressed the synagogue, against the Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip, on September 29, 2011.[13]


  1. ^ Lerner, Michael. "Occupy Rosh Hashanah". Huffington Post. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ Katz, Leslie (August 2, 1996). "Controversial editor : Tikkun's Lerner starts S.F. synagogue". j. Retrieved February 6, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Biographical Notes on Rabbi Lerner". Tikkun. Retrieved February 6, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Founding Perspective" (PDF). Beyt Tikkun. Retrieved February 6, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Beyt Tikkun. Retrieved February 6, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Primary Views: Rabbi Michael Lerner: Candidate: Barack Obama". San Francisco Chronicle. February 3, 2008. Retrieved February 6, 2008. 
  7. ^ Garfinkel, Perry (May 18, 1988). "On West Coast, a Newly Vital Judaism". The New York Times. Retrieved February 6, 2008. 
  8. ^ Godbe, Mike. "Why Rabbi Lerner's Move of his Synagogue from San Francisco to Berkeley is Hard News". The Berkeley Daily Planet. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  9. ^ Anders, Corrie M. "Beyt Tikkun Follows Lerner to Berkeley". The Noe Valley Voice. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ Palevsky, Stacey. "Beyt Tikkun moves to Berkeley from San Francisco". Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Filling the Pews With High-wattage Guests". The Forward. October 7, 2005. Retrieved February 6, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Anti-war activist speaks out at Beyt Tikkun". j. October 21, 2005. Retrieved February 6, 2008. 
  13. ^ "From kissing the land to Cast Lead destruction – a coming out journey. Rosh Hoshanah address to Beyt Tikkun synagogue". Palestine Daily. October 4, 2011. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 37°53′33″N 122°15′57″W / 37.89250°N 122.26583°W / 37.89250; -122.26583