Temple B’nai Tikvah is a strong and vibrant community. From the ten families we began with in 1979 to over 325 families today, we continue to be a warm and inviting group of people, guided by the strong values that are very dear to us.
We are an all-inclusive congregation that offers something for everyone. Some enjoy worshipping at weekly Friday night services, and others at Saturday morning minyan and Torah study. For those interested in trying something a bit different, there is a monthly Shabbat chant service.
There are a number of educational and social action programs, plus a monthly book club. We have a very well attended Shabbat school, including a B’nai Mitzvah class, monthly children’s services, and a space where our Youth (Grades 8-12) meet one Friday a month. We regularly bring in guest rabbis and speakers and more recently, we have begun to sponsor concerts featuring well-known Israeli artists.
If you would like to talk with someone from our Membership Committee or arrange a meeting with our Executive Director Danny Oppenheim please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 403-252-1654.
If you’ve found your way to this page, you’ll know we are Temple B’nai Tikvah, a Reform Jewish congregation in Calgary, Alberta.
Our name, B’nai Tikvah—Children of Hope, is an apt description of who we are. While we are very much aware of our past and our present, we are always mindful of our future, one we know is bright and full of hope.
If you have already seen pictures of our beautiful renovated sanctuary, trust me, the pictures don’t do it justice. It is a space that envelopes you in tradition, dares you to re-imagine your involvement with synagogue and Jewish life. It is a space that invites you to simply be here with us to share in a Friday night Oneg Shabbat (a family service or an adult service), a Shabbat morning service (complete with full-participation Torah study) or a holiday service. Beyond our sanctuary, we have an ever-growing list of events: Adult Ed. classes, Introduction to Judaism courses, as well as many programs to assist the general and larger Jewish communities (Inn from the Cold and Soup Cooking Thursdays). We have Shabbat chant services, book clubs, a B’nai Mitzvah class, monthly children’s services, guest rabbis and speakers—really, something for everyone, something deep and meaningful.
We are a very musical synagogue. Our Friday nights always have musical accompaniment, culminating in the fourth Friday of the month with Shabbat Shiraz when a quartet/quintet/sextet (we never know who’s showing up to play!) accompanies us, making everyone sing a little louder, harmonize a little sweeter. Of course, as the name implies, we start with a little wine… We are also the go-to place in Calgary for live Israeli music concerts such as David Broza, Idan Raichel, Hadag Nahash with more scheduled all the time.
As Children of Hope, we are mindful of our past since part of understanding Temple B’nai Tikvah comes from understanding its history. We enjoy telling our history because we are amazed by what we have achieved since our original ten founding families had our first service on April 6, 1979. Since that time, we have purchased our own building and renovated it to make our exquisite sanctuary and fully-functional community space. While we have grown and had many transitions, at the heart of it, we continue to be a congregation that feels like a family. We share similar values, and wish to maintain our connections to our past, to each other, to the Calgary Jewish Community and to the world.
Being Children of Hope, we are looking forward to having you join our over 300 families, a warm and inviting group of people guided by strong values which are very dear to us.
Please contact the Temple office if you have any questions or to arrange a meeting with Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman. If there is anything I can do to help, please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com