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Beth Tikvah Synagogue

Time to Sell Your Hametz

Now that the Purim costumes are safely stowed in the closet, Pesach (Passover) must be fast approaching. You may have already started the housecleaning and efforts to “eat down” the hametz (leaven, or food mixed with leaven, prohibited during Passover). In addition to not eating hametz, there is an additional prohibition of not owning it. To facilitate the disowning of your hametz I act as your agent. You sell your hametz to me, and I sell it to a minister colleague of mine at the Phillips Academy. The “sale” is temporary, and expires at the end of the holiday. Please fill in and return Hametz Sale Form to me by April 3. Click here for the form.


Mechirat hametz, or “selling of the hametz,” is an opportunity to fulfill the mitzvah of maot chitim, or the “wheat fund,” by donating tzedakah to enable underprivileged families to buy Passover foods. You can do so by donating to organizations such as Rachel’s Table, our Jewish Federation’s food distribution agency. I encourage you to do so!


Rabbi Mike

Trivia Night 

Trivia Night is coming!  Join us on Saturday April 8, 2017 for this favorite annual FUNdraiser.  Discounted tickets available before April 5. Seats are limited. Click here to purchase your tickets and for more information about this fantastic event.

Friday Night Service/Dinner

Join us for a dairy/parve potluck dinner at 6 PM followed by a joyful, participatory, egalitarian family Friday night service at 7 PM. All services at Beth Tikvah are family friendly; however, our family services are a little family friendlier. Click here for more information and to sign up for dinner.

Discussion of College Readiness

On Sunday April 9, from 10 - 11 AM, Dr. Pam Hollander will lead a presentation and discussion on college readiness based on her book, "Rethinking Readiness: Struggles and Successes During the Transition to College". This book shares real life examples of students who successfully transition to college and those who don’t, shedding light on what it really means to be college-ready. For more information and to register for this program, please click here.


Welcome to Beth Tikvah Synagogue!

I encourage you to become familiar with our congregation and community via this website, and more importantly, in person at a religious service or at any of the social or educational activities we sponsor during the year. If you do, I am confident that you
will discover the warmth and embrace of our community.

Beth Tikvah is a community of adults, children and families that is warm, dynamic and engaging. We strive to foster a love and understanding of Judaism, to pass on the rich traditions of the Jewish People while making them meaningful to our lives today, and to shape a vibrant Jewish future for our children.  We are a congregation that truly cares for one another.  We come together to celebrate simchas (happy occasions) and personal
milestones, even as we come together to comfort each other in difficult times.

It has been my honor and a source of joy to be Beth Tikvah's rabbi for the past eight years.  I have grown and been nourished by my relationship with the congregation.  I encourage you to join us!

Rabbi Michael Swarttz

Sat, 25 March 2017 27 Adar 5777