History

Addresses:

  • 3392 North High Street 1962 – 1968
  • 3199 Indianola Avenue 1968 – 1981
  • 6121 Olentangy River Road 1981 – present

September 1961 was Beth Tikvah’s first High Holy Day service led by Rabbi Donald R. Berlin from HUC with president, Richard Goldgraden. 34 family members

September 16, 1962 – dedication of 1st Torah donated by Bonnie & Ed Cohen.

November 1962- Adult Hebrew classes began in through the Columbus Hebrew School

April 1962– Tikvah Topics first printed

February 1962– Congregation Sisterhood formed

  • First anniversary of Beth Tikvah celebrated with dancing, singing and midnight supper. Cost: $2.50 per person

November 16, 1963- Beth Tikvah became a member of UAHC

April 11, 1964 — Square dance – $1.00 per person

Spiritual leaders:

  • Rabbi John Raynor from London, England – temporary, part time from 1963-1965 – when in London, headed the largest reform congregation.
  • Rabbi Bennett Hermann – part time 1965 to full time 1966-1970 – resigned 1970
  • Rabbi Alan Ponn – 1970-71
  • Rabbi Marc Lee Raphael – part time Rabbi 1971-1973 – OSU Professor of Jewish History
  • Rabbi Roger Klein – first full time Rabbi – 1973-1981 – “fair share” instituted to help pay for full time Rabbi
  • Rabbi Anthony Holz from South Africa – 1981-1983
  • Rabbi Gary A. Huber – 1983- –  August 2011
  • Rabbi Richard M.C. Kellner – July 2011 – present

1977 – Beth Tikvah and Beth Shalom joined together for a dedicated section of Greenlawn Cemetery for burials

Jack Resler donated land at Olentangy River Road for current building – Yearly Resler Scholar Weekend named in his honor (began December 6, 1980)

September 9, 1979 – groundbreaking for Olentangy River Road

November 16, 1980 – Dedication for Olentangy River Road

1988 – Linda Heyman – Principal of Religious School – 250+students attending

March 4, 1990 – groundbreaking for addition – additional space for sanctuary,Library, additional classrooms, office space and gift shop

November 17, 2002– Ed Schecter started the Beth Tikvah Brotherhood. Formally established June 8, 2003

May 17, 2004 – First Volunteer Appreciation service and dinner

January 2007 – first Chicken Soup Cook-Off to benefit the Jewish Camp Fund

November 2007 – first Veteran’s oneg

June 2012– Groudbreaking for the Renewal 2011 project

March 2013– Dedication of the new sanctuary + new additions to the building