Beth Tikvah Synagogue Mission
Beth Tikvah provides a warm and relaxing place to worship, study and share with other Jewish families. It is an inviting and spiritual place which provides a unique opportunity for families to grow together under a Jewish umbrella. We encourage each individual to contribute his or her skills and ideas to maintain our Jewish heritage and history so that our children appreciate their Jewish roots.
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 member of the community are invited to attend!
During Beth Tikvah’s fifth year, our congregation designed a contemporary new facility at 45 Oak Street in Westborough, MA. Our synagogue features a beautiful, modern sanctuary along with office and meeting space and classrooms.
Built adjacent to the Boroughs Jewish Community Community Center, our handicapped-accessible sanctuary and the BJCC common room open up to a single large room, which easily accommodates over 200 people for B’nai Mitzvah, High Holiday services, and other celebrations.
Clergy and Staff
Rabbi Michael Swarttz was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and received his Bachelors in Midlle Eastern History and Masters in Education from Temple University. He has worked in formal and informal educational settings with Jewish youth since his freshman year in college. He has written numerous articles on the rabbinate and Jewish education. From 2001 - 2003 Rabbi Swarttz and his family spent two years in Jerusalem, where he was on a fellowship in the Jerusalem Fellows, a program for leaders in Jewish education from around the world. In addition to his role as Rabbi of Beth Tikvah Synagogue, Rabbi Swarttz is the Jewish Chaplain at the Phillips Academy in Andover, MA and the Project Director for the Harold Cotton Leadership Institute of the Jewish Federation of Central Mass.
The Rabbi will be in the office and available for consultation or simply to chat most Wednesdays during school hours, 4:00-6:00 pm, when our religious school is in session. He will also be at the synagogue occasionally on Sunday mornings during school time. His hours for each month will be posted on Beth Tikvah's website. If you need to reach Rabbi Mike at other times, you can contact him at email@example.com.
Cindy Avergon - Educational Coordinator
Cindy Avergon, our coordinator of Religious Education at Beth Tikvah Synagogue, provides leadership, curriculum and program development. Cindy has been on the Beth Tikvah staff since August 1996, teaching in all grades Gan thru High school. She became coordinator of Religious School education in July of 2009. Her background is in consumer economics and education with a B.S. degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Before coming to Beth Tikvah, she was head of Admissions at Bryman school, Brookline, campus. Cindy also taught Sunday school at Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Chestnut Hill, Ma where she created and executed High Holiday curriculum for grades pre K thru Grade 2 from 1980 until 2011. Cindy, her husband Brad and their three children, Brandon, Justin, and Maddison, live in Westboro.
Officers and Board
|President||EJ Dottsfirstname.lastname@example.org||ext 700|
|VP Administration||Shelley Dubinemail@example.com||ext 0|
|VP Education||Jonathan Rappaportfirstname.lastname@example.org||ext 703|
|VP Membership and Marketing||Abbe Allexenberg||VPmember@bethtikvahsynagogue.org||ext 1|
|VP Fundraising and Programs||Wendy Gonsenhauser||VPfundraising@bethtikvahsynagogue.org||ext 702|
|VP Ritual||Miri Sharonemail@example.com||ext 701|
|Treasurer||Susanne Choatefirstname.lastname@example.org||ext 4|
|General Board Member||Liora Bram|
|General Board Member||Victoria Dubrovsky|
|General Board Member||Sam Goodman|
|General Board Member||Cara Berg Powers|
|General Board Member||Suxanne Robins|
|General Board Member||Brian Weiner|