Installation of Rabbi Mark Glickman
On November 18, 2016, Temple B’nai Tikvah officially (and joyously) appointed its fourth settled rabbi, Mark Glickman. We also welcomed Dr. Gary Zola, Moshe Yedlin Scholar-in-Residence, who delivered a lecture entitled “Golden Threads: Linking the Generations, Jews and Their Ethical Wills.”
Tu B’Shevat Seder
On Saturday, January 23, 2016, the Shabbat School celebrated Tu b’Shevat with a story- and song-filled Seder. All the children from Shabbatots to B’nai Mitzvah, joined by many of their parents, enjoyed the fruits of Israel and the music that ushers in spring. At the end of the Seder, the children planted parsley seeds in the pots they had decorated for just that purpose. We’re all looking forward to eating the parsley at Pesach!
Temple Chanukiah Contest
Some Temple members unleashed their creativity and created some wonderful chanukiot for Rabbi Appleby’s contest. Prizes were awarded at the Temple’s Chanukah celebration on December 13, 2015.
Farewell Tea for Rabbi Howard and Family
On June 7, 2015 members of our community gathered in the Betty Switzer Social Hall to say goodbye and wish Rabbi Howard, Annie, Emelie, Judah, and Adi good luck on their move to their new home in Providence, Rhode Island.
Shabbat School: Year in Review
From Shabbatots to B’nai Mitzvah, it was another busy year of learning and celebrating Jewish holidays for our Shabbat School students and teachers. Among the many highlights of the 2014/2015 school year was a very successful model Seder attended by 86 children. The year wrapped up with a barbeque on May 9th.
Inn from the Cold Volunteers and Bottle Drive
Inn from the Cold, one of the Temple’s oldest and most successful social action projects, sees our synagogue provide homeless individuals and families with meals and shelter three nights a month. For each Inn, a team of dedicated Temples volunteers cook, clean, set up beds and tables, do laundry and spend the night to help ensure our guests have a comfortable and safe place to stay. Each year, Temple holds a bottle drive. Volunteers collect and sort bottles and the proceeds go to buy new socks and underwear for our Inn From the Cold guests. Last year’s bottle drive raised nearly $1500.
Pizza Party and Family Shabbat
Once a month, Temple holds a pizza party and special Shabbat service for families with young children. We enjoyed June’s Family Shabbat outdoors in the sunshine.
36th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser
Temple’s 36th anniversary celebrations continued on May 3, 2015 with the a fundraising gala designed to both celebrate the past and held raise funds for a new roof. Guests enjoyed dinner and performances by comedian Simon Rakoff and the Mika Karni Trio
Family Birthday Party
To help celebrate Temple’s 36th anniversary, we threw a big birthday party that had something for everybody — live music, a magician, carnival games, and, of course, birthday cake.
Shabbat School Leads Morning Services
On April 25, 2015, our Shabbat School students helped Rabbi Howard lead Saturday morning services.
Dedication of the Edythe Hashman Education Centre
The Temple’s Shabbat School facility recently received a greatly needed and much appreciated renovation due to a generous donation from Jerry, Elaine, Elana, and Sarah Hashman in memory of Jerry’s mother Edythe Hashman. On April 24th, members of our community joined the Hashman family in the joyful inauguration of the Edythe Hashman Education Centre.
Visit of Rabbi Rick Jacobs
As part of Temple’s 36th anniversary celebrations, URJ leader Rabbi Rick Jacobs visited our congregation on March 28, 2015. Rabbi Jacobs lead Torah study, helped dedicate our building’s new cornerstone and socialized with our members during a Kiddush lunch.
Purim was joyfully celebrated at Temple with a carnival held during Shabbat School on the morning of February 28th and a Purimspiel held on Erev Purim, March 4th.
Welcome Baskets for New Members
In November 2014, a group of volunteers put together and delivered 33 welcome baskets for new member families and individuals. The baskets included a letter from Rabbi Howard, challah, candles, wine, and a “traveller’s edition” of the Mishkan T’filah prayerbook.