Beit Tikvah is a warm, diverse, and egalitarian Reconstructionist Jewish congregation located in Roland Park in Baltimore, Maryland. We take a progressive approach to Jewish life, integrating a deep respect for traditional Judaism with the insights of contemporary life. Beit Tikvah welcomes interfaith families, couples and individuals of all races, heritages, ethnicities and sexual orientations. Our building, bima (ark podium) and facilities are wheelchair accessible. The building (First Christian Church) is also home to five congregations, leading to many interfaith activities.
Prayer as Learning For The Sake of Living
Please join us on our scheduled Shabbat mornings for this ongoing series. We combine prayer and study (which you will see are much the same).
In November, members of Beit Tikvah and guests began learning Jewish prayer together – exploring the melodies, ideas, and body movements in a Jewish service, together with the architecture of the service.
We are tracing how the siddur, an anthology of prayers that shaped Jewish behavior for millennia came to be and how to unlock it for ourselves. We want to understand how the words and phrases chosen have shaped a distinctive way of perceiving and experiencing life. We want both historical and personal meaning.
In a decades-old Torah commentary, Rabbi Pinhas Peli, of blessed memory, wrote:
There is no Judaism without learning. One does not study in order to become a rabbi, not even to broaden one's horizons. Study is not a luxury, nor is it an enjoyable pastime. … In Judaism, study is a form of religious worship; while worship, as it is constructed in Jewish liturgy, is a form of study. The place of worship, a synagogue, is called in Yiddish a shul, meaning simply a school. Every time a Jew goes to pray, he attends school.
We have a fresh beginning each time we meet on Saturday mornings, and all the beginnings are becoming a lesson in mindful engagement with Jewish spiritual intelligence.
We have three more sessions in 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on November 26; December 10 and 24. Dates for 2017 will be posted shortly.
Join us as Rabbi Larry Pinsker
leads us in learning the inner meaning of our rituals.
Friday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service. We come together to let go of the work of the week and welcome the arrival of Shabbat. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote: "The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space. Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to holiness in time."
Oneg Shabbat sponsored by Judy Gerb in acknowledgement of the upcoming yahrtzeit of her mother.
Saturday, December 10 at 10:00 a.m. Prayer as Learning for the Sake of Living. Learning Jewish prayer together. Each Saturday we look at a section of the Shabbat Morning Service in order to unlock the secrets of the siddur. Kiddush brunch provided.
Pre-School Program meets in the Day Care Room
Friday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service. Oneg Shabbat sponsored by Marcie and David Levenstein in acknowledgement of the yahrtzeit of David's father.
Saturday, December 24 at 10:00 a.m. Prayer as Learning for the Sake of Living. We continue to explore the melodies, ideas, and movements in the service. Kiddush sponsored by Miriam Winder Kelly.
Friday, December 30 at 6:00 p.m. Celebrate the seventh night of Hanukkah and welcome the last Shabbat of 2016! Details to follow.
Call for Maryland Food Bank Volunteers Wednesday, December 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Maryland Food Bank, 2200 Halethorpe Farms Road, Baltimore 21227. Please join the combined Maryland Food Bank volunteers whose communities meet at 5802 Roland Avenue for this important monthly effort. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Carol Cook at
We invite you to join our Congregation or renew your membership. Download the 2016-2017 Membership Form.
Yes, You Can Help!
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