- Special Shabbat service marks the 100th anniversary of the first bat mitzvah in the United States, with many women who had celebrated their bat mitzvah participating.
- Lior Ben Hur plays and sings for several special Friday night services.
- Rabbi Nathan Roller is the new Rabbi Educator.
- Covid-19 pandemic strikes; building is shut down on March 9, the day after the Megillah reading. The congregation shifts to a Zoom platform for prayer services, study, lectures, classes, and social activities.
- Synagogue book group marks its 20th anniversary.
- Rabbi Jaymee Alpert is the new senior rabbi, replacing Rabbi Philip Ohriner.
- June – Settlement against the building contractors results in all debts being paid off, and $1 million directed to the endowment fund for building maintenance.
- 2017 Rabbi Leslie Alexander, Rabbi of Community Engagement, left.
- First wedding in remodeled sanctuary (Talia Salzmann and Frank Schiff)
2014 – 2016 Highlights
- 2014–The launch of Next 50 Years Building Campaign gets underway.
- 2015–Sustaining Contribution Model replaces membership dues.
- 2016–Building is completed.
- 2016–Sarah Hanuka is hired as the Director of Lifelong Learning.
- 2004 – Hazak Chapter, for members 55 years and older, is formed under the leadership of Thelma Ramm and Sandy Silver. First President was Howard Gannes.
- 2000- Beth David Memorial Gardens is dedicated.
- 2000-Andrew and Judith Varadi gift a new parochet, designed by artist Ina Golub.
- 2002–New stained glass windows and remodeled sanctuary dedicated.
- 1999 Year of the Torah launched, with Rabbi Shmuel Miller scribing a new Torah.
- 1999 Donor tribute wall mosaic, designed by Dahlia Perahia, unveiled.
- 1999 Congregation Beth David wins three Solomon Schechter gold medals for the Beth David Star, Havdallah and History program and the Miriam Gannes Memorial Reading Program.
- 1991–Social Action Committee launches its first annual Mitzvah Day. (Pictured: Michael Leitner cooking at Mitzvah Day)
- 1996–Participation in the annual Faith in Action Rotating Shelter begins.
- 1996–New Ark and Ner Talmd. gifts of Joan and Henry Stone, are dedicated.
- 1987–Wallenberg Way dedicated
- 1987–Social Action Committee receives Solomon Shechter Award
- 1988–Kehila K’tana High Holidays service inaugurated.
- First blood drive held (now called the Louis Chevlen Memorial Blood Drive)
- First adult b’nai mitzvah ceremony – Sandi and Ken Bretz
- First group adult b’not mitzvah ceremony, with 13 women: Emily Berman, Hillary Farkas, Lynda Harmatz, Marcia Kaplan, Hylda Leitner, Judy Levin, Enid Malkin, Bea Papo, Ruth Schifrin, Sylvia Seligson, Myra Siegel, Sandy Silver, and Barbara Taubman. (Pictured right)
- The Robert E. Levinson Memorial Library was dedicated, a year after his death. Dr. Levinson was a lay cantor and bar/bat mitzvah tutor for 13 years.
- Rabbi Daniel Pressman hired, following Rabbi Jerry Danzig. Rabbi Pressman served for 33 years.
- 1977 – Rama Strod became the religious school principal, and served for 21 years
- 1979 – Ground breaking for new sanctuary
- 1980 – Dedication of the new sanctuary and first services
- First adult bar or bat mitzvah Rita Bauer
- Hebrew High School starts
- The synagogue celebrated its bar mitzvah year.
- Congregants took part in completing a new Torah
- Building was dedicated. New building opened.
- The first Havurah was formed (Haskalah)
- Ground broken for current structure.
- Women were granted equal rights and obligations within the congregation; B’nai Mitzvah serve as Ba-alei Kriah at High Holy Day Services.
- Saratoga site was purchased from the Church of Ascension.
1965 & 1968 Highlights
- 1965: First edition of the Beth David Star (edited by Len and Olga Farber)
- 1965: First Building Fund ($10,000 from 13 families)
- 1968: Hebrew School becomes a three-day per week program with Henrietta Oberndoerfer as the school administrator.
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