- The Jewish Bulletin of
Northern California is a wonderful online resource to everything Jewish
happening in the Bay Area. Their Resource
guide is available in printed form, in addition to being available online.
Included in Resource is a section on Religious Life and Congregations in the SF Bay Area.
- Northern California's largest Jewish education program is Lehrhaus
Judaica. Classes are offered on a quarter-basis and include courses all
over the Bay Area.
- Unlike in Los Angeles or New York, the Jewish population is not as visible
in San Francisco. This is particularly true of the Orthodox Jewish
population, which has a more visible home in the Palo Alto area. This Palo Alto Orthodox Jewish
Resources page includes information about congregations, services, Kosher
restaurants, and more.
- While most San Francisco based synagogues and congregations do not have
web pages, Palo Alto's Etz Chayim (liberal reform) and K'hillat Keddem
(Reconstructionist, community-led) have new pages devoted to explaining
their purpose and focus.
- Since 1850, the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Francisco
has been a progressive voice within the City.
Members include liberal Christians or Jews; others are humanists or
agnostics. The church also serves as a home to many other social service
and spiritually-oriented events throughout the year.
The renowned San
Francisco Zen Center is actually spread across three
uniquely beautiful locations: The City Center/Beginner's Mind Temple,
Tassajara, and Green Gulch. SFZC has been around since 1959, and follows
the Soto Zen path of meditation (zazen) and spiritual practice which was
popularized in the U.S. by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi.
San Francisco Buddhist Center serves as the focus of a growing
community (sangha) in the Mission District. The center runs a full program
of courses, drop-in classes and retreats, and provides a place to celebrate
the main Buddhist
- Empty Gate Zen
Center in Berkeley was founded in 1977 and is part of the Kwan Um School of
Zen, a form of Zen which has its roots in Korea.
- San Francisco is home to a unique organization, the Gay Buddhist Fellowship. Check out their ongoing events calendar.
- For a comprehensive guide to finding a place to practice Zen meditation
in the Bay Area, check out Zendo.com.
- San Francisco is also home to a substantial Bah'áí community. In just over 100
years, the Bah'áí Faith has grown from an obscure movement in
the Middle East to the second-most widespread of the independent world