Beth Tikvah Synagogue
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45 Oak Street · Westborough, MA 01581 · (508) 616-9037
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Beth Tikvah was founded in 1996, to meet the needs of the growing population in Westborough and the surrounding towns that desired a modern, progressive path to Judaism with a family feel. 

Our goal is to enrich Jewish life by providing for education, ritual,social growth, and community service, in a warm, welcoming atmosphere for all. 

Rabbi Michael Swarttz is our spiritual leader. Cindy Avergon is our Educational Coordinator. We have a regular schedule of services and all members of the community are invited to attend!



Shmear and Schmooze
Shmear and Shmooze is back!  Ilene Sharp will present "Caring for the Caregiver" and launch our new Caring for the Caregiver group. Come join us Sunday morning February 1, 2015 from 10 to 11:30 AM.  Please RSVP to EJ Dotts.

Calendar 5775 - Revision E
Click here for a one page calendar of school dates, programs, services and other important dates for the year 2014-2015. (Note, this is Rev E.)

Membership
If you are interested in information on becoming a Beth Tikvah member, please click here.   Our 2014-2015 dues rates can be found here.  There are no changes in the rates from 2013-2014, however, there is a change in the definition of "Young Adult".  


Donations Welcome
This is an exciting time for Beth Tikvah Synagogue, and we hope that you will help us to sustain and build on our recent successes that help provide an important spirit of Jewish community and continuity in MetroWest.

Membership dues and High Holy Day seat income only cover a small part of our operating costs. In order to maintain the Synagogue, we rely on the contributions and support of our members and friends. Contributions may be made by using the button icon on the header of this page.

All contributions are appreciated, and we work hard to deserve your continuing support. We thank you in advance for your consideration and support!

Upcoming Services, Events, & Activities
Date(s)AreaNameDescription
2/1/2015Adult Programsshmear and shmooze Begins at 10:00 AM

Caring for a loved one can be a challenge: so many things to think about and to do. The daily routine can be exhausting and caregivers seldom take proper care of themselves. "Caregiver Burnout" is rampant. There is no doubt about it-caregiving is an intense job.

If you are caring for someone in your home or supervising their care in a facility, the Caring for the Caregiver group may be the outlet you are looking for. This group will meet frequently to provide a safe place to exchange ideas, relax and get away for a little while. For many people there is relief in knowing that others are experiencing similar challenges to your own.

Beth Tikvah member Ilene Sharp facilitated a successful Caring for the Caregiver Group at Beth Shalom in Needham for three years. An alumna of the Management of Aging Services program at UMASS Boston, she hopes to offer a safe place for caregivers to share information, ask questions, and learn to take care of themselves. It is her goal to make caregivers aware of available resources and bring in guest speakers when appropriate.

The Shmear and Shmooze is the first meeting of the Caring for the Caregiver Group.  Future dates and meeting times are to be determined.

Please let EJ Dotts know if you are coming so there will be enough Shmear for the Shmooze.

2/4/2015Family ProgramsTu B'shvat Community Seder

Come join us on Wednesday February 4, 2015 at 5:30 PM for a community Tu Bishvat Seder. Tu Bishvat literally means the 15th day of the month of Shvat.  It is the new year for trees.  Originally, the date was used to mark the ages of trees so that farmers would know when the tree was four years old, the age at which the farmers would bring their first fruit offerings to the Temple.  After that, the fruit of the tree could be eaten.  

2/6/2015Religious ServicesFriday Night Scout Shabbat Service

Service begins at 7:00 PM.

All scouts; Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts, Israeli Scouts, Scouts from other countries are invited to attend and participate in this service.  The wear of uniforms is encouraged.

Note - This service is for everyone!  You do not have to be a scout, or be associated with scouting to attend this service.  All are welcome!!


Usher: Benita Amsden
Kiddush Family: EJ Dotts
Kiddush Family: Victoria Dubrovsky
2/27/2015Religious ServicesFriday Night Service - Federation ShabbatService begins at 7:30 PM.

Usher:
Kiddush: Karen Osterheld
Kiddush: Judy Rosenberg
3/4/2015Religious ServicesPurim-Megillah ReadingPurim Megillah reading with the Beth Tikvah band at 6:30 PM preceded by a potluck dinner at 5:30 PM. Come in costume!! (Adults too!). As an extra challenge for the potluck, bring a dish related either to Persia or to your costume.
Last names beginning with A-M are requested to bring a parve/dairy main dish and those with last names beginning with N-Z are requested to bring a side dish/dessert. All dishes must be nut free.  Please contact EJ Dotts to coordinate what you are bringing.
Each family will make mishloach manot (Purim baskets) for a neighbor/friend.  Please bring a basket to decorate.
3/7/2015Religious ServicesWomen's Shabbat Serviceand Luncheon

On Saturday morning, March 7, 2015, Beth Tikvah Synagogue will have a very special Women's Shabbat service led by the women in our community. The service begins at 9:30 AM.  Of course men are welcome to attend as well.  Our Women's Shabbat Service will be followed by a potluck luncheon.  More information on our speaker to follow.


Usher: Cara Berg Powers
Kiddush Family: Wendy Gonsenhauser
Kiddush Family: Shelley Dubin
3/20/2015Religious ServicesFriday night service with Cong. B'nai ShalomJoint Friday night Shabbat service at Congregation B'nai Shalom, 117 East Main St. Westborough.  Service begins at 7:30pm.
3/21/2015Fundraising ProgramsTrivia Night Hold the date for annual Trivia night and silent auction.  More details will follow.

3/27/2015Religious Services Dairy Pareve Potluck Dinner and Friday Night Family Service
Dairy/Pareve Potluck dinner begins at 6 PM
Family Service begins at 7:00 PM.  Kitah gimel and kitah daled (3rd and 4th grade) students will help lead the service and receive their siddurim.
4/11/2015Religious Services Shabbat Service (Yizchor)Service begins at 9:30 AM. 

Usher:
Kiddush: Justin Hollander
Kiddush: Levine Family
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