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Congregation Beth Yam began with a few families who met for services and holidays. The congregation, founded in 1981, is now a second home to 300 families and continues growing. It welcomes Jewish people of diverse identities as well as inter-faith couples (please see our Outreach page). We completed a major renovation of our building in 2009, providing us with a beautiful facility which can accommodate large and small services, programs and parties, and learning for all ages. We are a member of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).

Members consider Congregation Beth Yam the focal point of the Lowcountry’s Jewish community. Social events include festive activities such as dinners, theater parties, and concerts. The social hall and premier kitchen provide the ideal facility for synagogue and community social events. Our children enjoy their playground, decorating the sukkah, and joining the adults for holiday celebrations like Purim and Pesach. Our Sisterhood sponsors the weekly Oneg Shabbats and organizes fundraising, philanthropic, and social activities that benefit the Congregation, Jewish, and community causes. The Men’s Club offers educational programs, hosts social gatherings, and sponsors activities to support the synagogue and community. The synagogue features a complete, well-stocked Judaica gift shop.


Congregation Beth Yam has three categories of membership.  There are Resident Household memberships for families who reside in the Hilton Head area for more than six months of the year; Resident Single memberships for individuals who reside in the Hilton Head area for more than six months of the year; and Affiliate memberships for those who visit the island frequently and have decided to respond to a personal obligation to support Congregation Beth Yam. There is a dues schedule for each category, which is included in our Membership Application package.

No potential member will ever be rejected because of financial limitations.  Related issues can be discussed in a completely confidential manner with our Treasurer.

To find out more about memberships or be placed on our mailing list, click here, or call the office at 843-689-2178. We look forward to hearing from you.

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