President’s Message

Elizabeth JamesonShalom! And welcome to Temple B’nai Tikvah, Calgary’s Reform Jewish congregation.

As B’nai Tikvah, Children of Hope, we draw from our heritage and history while we focus on the present and the future. In the thirty-seven years since 1979, when ten visionary founding families gathered to hold our first services, we’ve grown and developed into a vibrant multi-generational congregation of over 300 households. Some things have remained constant. We remain warm, open, egalitarian, and inclusive, devoted to worship, study, and community. Some things have changed as we’ve grown. We have become even more diverse—diverse in terms of age and generation, denominational background, race, gender, sexual orientation, social and economic status. We include Jews by birth and by choice (some of us are both), inter-faith families, and members who cover the full spectrum from secular to spiritual. We bought and remodeled our building into a beautiful space for Jewish worship, education, and community. You can see photos of our sanctuary on this web site, but they cannot fully convey its beauty or power as sacred space.

We offer a variety of holiday and Shabbat services, including an early pizza dinner and family service for young families the first Friday night of the month, our innovative Shabbat Shiraz service led by talented Temple musicians every fourth Friday (preceded, as the name suggests, by social time enjoying wine, noshes, and company), a Saturday morning service with full-participation Torah study, a monthly chant and meditation service, and a lay-led Tuesday evening minyan.

Our newly-remodeled Shabbat School offers a vibrant, energetic and engaging Jewish educational experience for toddlers through B’nai Mitzvah students. Our Youth Group offers new avenues of Jewish engagement to post-B’nai Mitzvah teens. For adults, we provide a rich array of adult education classes, Introduction to Judaism, and host exciting speakers and scholars-in-residence.

The heart of B’nai Tikvah is community. Our members are engaged with the synagogue, with one another, with the wider Jewish and Calgary communities, and beyond. We share social time at onegs after services, as we celebrate holidays and life cycle events. Our Caring Community Committee serves members in need, our Social Action Committee coordinates our ongoing commitment to tikkun olam, as we address issues of social need and social justice.

And we have fun. We like to sing. We host a variety of concerts and other cultural events. We’ve become the place in town for live Israeli music, hosting leading artists like David Broza, Idan Raichel, Hadag Nahash and Matisyahu! In November 2016 we will welcome Noa (Achinoam Nini) to our stage.

This brief inventory of programs and services reflects evolving responses to our core mission: “to be a welcoming community where holiness dwells and Reform Jewish ideals lead to deeds of tikkun olam.” I invite you to browse our web page, friend us on Facebook, read the latest Kol Tikvah (Voice of Hope, our monthly newsletter) available here on-line to learn more of who we are and what we offer. Temple B’nai Tikvah is a big tent; we house lots of hopes. We invite you to come visit, to join us to worship, to sample our programs and suggest new ones.

If you have questions or if you’d like to arrange a meeting with Rabbi Mark Glickman, please contact the Temple Office. And you are welcome to contact me anytime by email.

Betsy Jameson
President, Temple B’nai Tikvah

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