60th Anniversary History Nuggets


In advance of Congregation Beth David’s 60th Anniversary celebration,
we are publishing a timeline of our history.
Look for these bite-size nuggets published every second and fourth Tuesday.
1963 & 1964 Highlights
  • January 1963:  First services were conducted by Herb Dreifuss and Nat Kallman–first sermon led by Jerry Daniel
  • February 1963: Hebrew Class was taught by Ruth Dreifuss at Harvey and Mildred Katz’s home
  • February 1963: First Sisterhood meeting was held in February 1963. Mildred Katz was President
  • September 18, 1963: First High Holy Day Services were held led by Rabbi Josef Zeitin
  • October 1963: First Sisterhood Newsletter was published in October 1963 called The Chai Line
  • October 3, 1964: First Bar Mitzvah – Jonathan Meltzer, the son of Henrietta and Harold Meltzer
  • August 1964: Congregation Beth David affiliated with the United Synagogue of America
Founding Members of Congregation Beth David November 1962
  • Esther (z”l) and Jerry Daniel
  • Ruth (z”l) and Herb (z”l) Dreifuss
  • Edie (z”l) and Nat (z”l) Kallman
  • Freddie and Monroe (z”l) Postman
Congregational Meeting Places
  • April 1963: Liberty and Main Streets, Santa Clara
  • May 1963: West Valley Presbyterian Church, San Jose
  • October 1963-March of 1964: 711 El Camino, Sunnyvale
  • March 1964: 168 McKinley, Sunnyvale
  • December 1965: 11100 Stelling Road, Cupertino
  • 1975- present: 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga