Beth Tikvah prides itself on welcoming a diverse population that includes families and individuals from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles. These include interfaith families, LGBTA families and individuals, adults and children with special needs, adoptive families, and other diverse families. Membership at Congregation Beth Tikvah is open to all people of Jewish faith, eighteen years and older. Membership is always extended to the entire family, including non-Jewish spouses and partners.
All of our members enjoy the benefits of having a Jewish home. With members and staff support and volunteer efforts, Beth Tikvah members create groups that bring together families and individuals from all walks of life, creating smaller communities within the larger membership.
We offer a variety of Shabbat prayer experiences, including Shabbat with our Shironim, our volunteer choir, and Shabbat Alive, an upbeat rock-style service with a small instrumental ensemble called the Shabbat Alive Band. Before and after every service at Beth Tikvah, congregants take time to catchup with old friends and make new ones.
Beth Tikvah also celebrates a special Shabbat experience for children seven-years-old and younger called Tikvah Tots. Children can meet and pray with their families in a service geared towards them. The Rabbi leads an abbreviated Shabbat service filled with fun songs, Shabbat stories, audience participation and lots of opportunities to get up and move. There is a special arts and crafts project after the service and kid-friendly dinner. Tikvah Tots meets once a month during the school year.
Beth Tikvah operates an excellent Religious and Hebrew School, which incorporates many different ways to learn. Teachers make a special effort to integrate new children into the classroom community.
Beth Tikvah’s Sisterhood and a Brotherhood both host activities and meals at the synagogue and around central Ohio. These organizations create a way for members to spend more time together and form friendships with one another.
Shishim is Hebrew for 60 and the group is run by a committee of volunteers who are 60 and older. They have lively discussions and lectures in the synagogue once a month and also take an annual trip around Ohio to interesting places. Families with young children get together throughout the year in a playgroup for infants through 4-year-olds and build a community together. It’s a wonderful way for parents to find support and for children to begin life-long friendships.
In addition to making it a priority to welcome members and fully integrate them into our Beth Tikvah family, we also strive to play an active role in the Worthington community. Members regularly volunteer at the Worthington Resource Pantry. Beth Tikvah is a member of B.R.E.A.D., an interfaith social action organization serving the greater Columbus area.