Since its founding 51 years ago, Congregation Beth David has aspired to serve not only the Jewish community, but the entire Central Coast. Our beautiful, sustainable building on Los Osos Valley Road means to fulfill this mission; we are the first synagogue in the world to receive LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and have become a local landmark and a teaching tool, giving tours to hundreds of Cal Poly and Cuesta students, as well as to green building experts and enthusiasts from here and beyond the county.
But the building in which any faith community is housed is only as holy as the work it does and the values this work demonstrates. We house homeless families; are a venue for “Get on the Bus,” reuniting children with their incarcerated parents at CMC; provide monthly breakfasts and bimonthly dinners to the homeless; and we’ve hosted dozens of community events. Furthermore, many of our own cultural, educational, and religious programs are open and free to anyone who wants to come.
We aspire to reach out beyond our walls and make a difference, supporting national and international Jewish organizations that address hunger, poverty, natural disasters, and human rights. Locally we are part of a vital network of interfaith efforts; all of us, whatever our individual beliefs, committed to what Jewish tradition calls “tikkun olam”—repair of the world.
Like many, we were confronted with the extraordinary difficulties of today’s economic situation, which is why Congregation Beth David is so appreciative and touched by the empathy and help we have already begun to receive for our particular and acute challenges. Wherever this journey takes us, on behalf of our entire congregation, I deeply thank you for this support.