Our Adult Education Committee plans an innovative program of courses and lectures to enrich and inspire the Beth Tikvah Membership and Community. This active group participates in and provides diverse educational opportunities for adult members through events such as Torah study, book discussions, Hebrew and Yiddish classes, overnight retreats, and guest lectures. Planning for these activities and events goes on all year and new ideas are welcomed. Come study, discuss and learn with us.
Regular ongoing activities from this group include:
Beth Tikvah has compiled its history from 1961 to the present in bound scrapbooks located in the Temple Administrator’s office.
In recent years Beth Tikvah has been converting old photos to digital images to preserve the memories for years to come. If you enjoy scrap booking this is a great opportunity to share your talents.
The Adult Education and the Sisterhood, both offer book clubs. Please see the descriptions on their pages for more information.
In the spring of 2005, Beth Tikvah joined as an active member with 52 other area churches and synagogues in the advocacy programs organized by B.R.E.A.D. (Building Responsibility, Equality And Dignity). B.R.E.A.D. provides a vehicle for congregations to practice justice by joining together large numbers of people. Some of the programs include health care access for needy residents in Franklin County and available housing for low-income groups.
The Caring Community provides outreach to our members dealing with the death of a family member, illness, unemployment, hospitalization, a new baby or adoption. Help is also available to senior members who need assistance. Confidential notification can be made through the rabbi or the office. The work of this small group is supplemented by the MITZVAH CORPS, a group of members who volunteer to bake or provide needed items once or twice a year. Additional help is always welcome.
Raising money is an integral part of ensuring operations and services for the members of Beth Tikvah. The generosity of our membership has allowed us to welcome those members that have an inability to pay full dues for financial reasons, a place to worship and feel included in the Jewish community. Our Fundraising Committee has worked on numerous events throughout the years as well as, multiple programs that bring in effortless dollars to help. The committee is constantly looking for new, innovative, and fun ideas to make this happen. If you have a desire to help with these events please contact the committee. Don’t have time to spare? You can still help by participating in the events without having to lift a finger. Please be sure to check out the monthly calendar for upcoming fundraising events. Every person makes a difference.
The Beth Tikvah Garden Group was formed by a group of Temple members with a shared interest in flowers and gardening. The group usually meets on Monday mornings throughout the growing year to work on the Beth Tikvah grounds. The outstanding dedication and love for gardening has won this group the 2009 Best of Worthington Award from the US Commerce Association. Two grounds workdays are held annually, one in the spring and one in the late fall. These workdays are drawn from a larger portion of the congregation.
The beautiful gardens can be appreciated from the view in the sanctuary, as you enter the driveway and as you enter the building. If you enjoy gardening or would like to learn more about gardening, the gardening group is always looking for new faces and hands. If you'd like to garden with us but can't meet on Monday, please contact us anyway.
The Beth Tikvah Knitting Group is open to experienced knitters as well as, those that have a desire to learn to knit or crochet. The group generally meets in the evening on the first and third Wednesday of each month. The knitters create prayer shawls which are distributed by the Rabbi to congregants who are ill or convalescing.
Our Membership Committee is dedicated to making everyone at Beth Tikvah feel welcome. Our diverse population includes families and individuals from a variety of Jewish backgrounds and life-styles. Making connections among our members and having fun together are important themes at Beth Tikvah.
Our Membership Committee works closely with other Beth Tikvah social groups to incorporate activities and events that appeal to a wide variety of people by coordinating efforts encouraging other groups to participate. From adult only activities to family friendly activities, there’s always something in the works.
If you enjoy meeting new people, have fun ideas that others would enjoy, the membership committee could use you help. The committee also hosts a mentor program to introduce new families and help them get acclimated to Beth Tikvah.
The Music Group is comprised of members who enjoy making music. Participants in the group have very informal gatherings every couple of weeks at Beth Tikvah to blend their sounds and make connections with each other. If you have a love of music and would like to meet others that share your passion, please join us at our next gathering.
Our ritual committee works closely with the Rabbi to choose prayerbooks, set policies, and other ritual concerns. Members help arrange and lead Sabbath services during the Rabbi’s absence, in addition to several Saturdays throughout the year. During the High Holy Days, Ritual Committee volunteers lead the Rosh Hashanah second day service. If you have ideas or would like to be a part of ritual decisions at Beth Tikvah, we encourage you to contact the Ritual Committee Chair.
Our Shironim Choir under the direction of Richard Blocher, provides musical inspiration for our congregation during our High Holy Day services and a number of other services during the year. Our choir has a diverse group of both men and women volunteers that meet monthly for practice. Members interested in joining the Shironim must audition and attend practices.
"Tikkun olam" (literally, "world repair") has come to connote social action and the pursuit of social justice. At Beth Tikvah, the concept of tikkun olam is alive and well. From our youngest to our oldest member, the opportunities for congregants to perform mitzvot in the local, national and international community is constantly increasing.
The Social Action Committee hosts a number of ongoing programs as well as smaller individual activities that members can do on their own. If you are looking for ways to give back to the community, this is the place to be. A few of the ongoing activities are listed below.