Brit Kehillah

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Recently, Congregation B'nai Tzedek adopted a new philosophy for its community. CBT voted unanimously to eliminate structured, or fixed, dues and move to a Brit Kehillah ("Community Covenant") system. Within this system, the community (and prospective community members) are informed of the costs to run our synagogue. Then, community members pay according to their ability and according to the value they receive from the community.

Congregation B'nai Tzedek believes that everyone should have the opportunity to be a part of a Jewish community.

Please drop by to see our syngagogue and learn more about our community.


Frequently Asked Questions

How can the synagogue sustain itself when people decide what they will pay to support the community?

Individuals and families give their commitment only after understanding the costs facing our community. Congregation B'nai Tzedek, like all other synagogues, has operational costs that pay for the day-to-day running of the synagogue, educational classes, events, and much more. We ask that everyone pays to the best of their ability in support of CBT.

Does the Brit Kehillah commitment include every community cost for the year?

No. Brit Kehillah is your commitment to the community for the year. It does not include Religious School costs, High Holy Day Appeal donations, and special events. CBT relies on Brit Kehillah and other donations to continue providing services to its community.

Do I have to explain my financial situation to anyone?


How can I learn more about Congregation B'nai Tzedek and Brit Kehillah?

Please call us or drop by. Someone will be happy to show you around our synagogue, which includes classrooms for our Religious School. Rabbi Young will also be happy to talk with you about the synagogue and our community.




Contact Information:

Congregation B'nai Tzedek

9669 Talbert Avenue

Fountain Valley, California 92708 (click for map)


JennaSagan web Jenna Sagan (Pinkham) has been an active member of the Orange County Jewish community for over 20 years, having spent her formative years at Temple Beth David in Westminster. She joined Congregation B'nai Tzedek on July 1, 2014. She was an active member of the TBD Junior and Senior Choir, and was a featured soloist at many High Holy Day services. Jenna grew up in Huntington Beach, where she attended the Academy of the Performing Arts at Huntington Beach High School. She graduated with a double major in Songwriting/Recording and Musical Theater. Her favorite roles included Dorothy in both The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Laurie in Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Edith in The Pirates of Penzance. Outside of school, she held leadership roles in Orange County’s L’chaim BBG, and the Bureau of Jewish Education’s Adat Noar and TALIT programs. Following High School, Jenna moved to Los Angeles, where she attended the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Her areas of focus included acting and theatrical education. While at UCLA, she helped create and co-lead UCLA Hillel’s reform minyan. She was also a featured soloist in UCLA’s Jewish A Capella group Shir Bruin, where she traveled throughout Los Angeles and the United States performing at a variety of Jewish communities and special events. Post-graduation, Jenna focused her energy on her theatrical work, and developed a “One Woman Cabaret” featuring pop standards from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. She performs this show throughout greater Los Angeles. Following a stint as a Production Assistant on a reality television show, Jenna soon realized that there were many ways in which she could use her theatrical talents, and began her graduate education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s DeLeT program. She received her Judaic Studies and General Studies teaching credential through the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, and, when not leading services or performing, she uses her theatrical talents as a fully credentialed K-8 teacher in the greater Orange County area. Most recently, Jenna has been seen as the guest Cantor at Temple Isaiah of Newport Beach and Surf City Synagogue. This past year, she was the resident Cantorial Soloist for Friends Exploring Judaism in Irvine, where she led High Holy Day services alongside Rabbi Robin Hoffman. She is an active member of the Orange County Jewish young professional community, spending much of her free time “schmoozing” with groups ranging from Merage JCC’s “JYA,” to the Youth Leadership Division of Orange County’s JFFS, where she is a featured soloist in Orange County’s premiere Jewish young professional chorale, Shir Energy. Jenna currently lives in South Coast Metro with her husband Sean, and their Pekingese mix, Hobbes. They are thrilled to be joining the Congregation B’nai Tzedek community! Contact Jenna at  
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Rabbi David N. Young comes to Congregation B'nai Tzedek with a wealth of youth, teaching, camping, and pulpit experience. He has served congregations in New York City, Alaska, Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, and has taught middle-school, high school, and adults. In addition, Rabbi Young spent two summers at the Reform movement's Crane Lake Camp in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts. During his time at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Young received several prestigious awards and served as the President of the rabbinic student body. Rabbi Young grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was involved in Jewish youth organizations. He received a B.A. in Theatre from Bradley University. Pursuing his love for acting, he moved to Los Angeles, only to discover that his love for Judaism was stronger. Rabbi Young brings all of his passionate commitment to Jewish life to our youth, educational and spiritual programming, and he looks forward to a great many new and innovative programs at Congregation B'nai Tzedek over the coming years. Rabbi Young is married to Cantor Natalie Young and they are the proud parents of three children: Gabriel, Alexander, and Isabella.
april April Akiva is an Orange County native who strives to promote a living Judaism that is relatable, accessible, and enjoyable for Jewish families from all walks of life. For over 18 years April has worked in a number of Jewish settings including synagogues, day-camps, residential camps, and Jewish private schools. April spent 8 years serving as Temple Beth Sholom of Orange County’s Director of Congregational Learning. In this role she enjoyed working with congregants of all ages through administrating religious school, directing Camp Sholom, teaching adults, and designing engaging travel experiences for teens. One of her passions as the director included mentoring young teachers and serving as a clinical faculty member for the Rhea Hirsch School of Education. Prior to April’s work at Temple Beth Sholom, she taught middle and high school Judaic Studies at Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School in Irvine. She currently also directs Camp Jewish Roots in South Orange County. April has also been an involved leader with the Association of Reform Educators, the Jewish Educator’s Association of Orange County, and Jewish Women International.

April received her Master of Arts in Jewish Education from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2006 and her Bachelor’s from the University of Southern California (Go Trojans!). As an alum of Orange County High School of the Arts, April continues to partake in theatrical opportunities including dancing on a competitive hip-hop dance team. She resides in South Orange County with her husband, Daniel, and two children, Adina and Aaron.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Suppers4Shul: California
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
HHD Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, August 16, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
AA Meeting
Friday, August 17, 2018 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Pajama Tot Shabbat
Friday, August 17, 2018 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Shabbat Service
Saturday, August 18, 2018 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Torah Study w/Rabbi Young