Our Community

Everyone needs a place that accepts and values us for who we are and what we care about. We need a place in our lives where people know us and share with us in finding compelling ideas and significant ideals.

Congregation Shaarey Tikvah is so much more than a synagogue, we are a vibrant inter-generational community that offers a myriad of opportunities to connect and join with each other. Our community is composed of young families, empty nesters, singles, and Holocaust survivors. We pray and sing together during Shabbat and annual Shabbaton; learn with the Rabbi’s Midweek Mishnah classes, and our Lunch & Learn line up. We gather together in the sukkah, around the BBQ with Men’s Club, and over a compelling short story with Sisterhood. We help repair the world together with the assistance of Mitzvah Corps programming. We can be inspired and create enduring relationships every day of the week.

With our outstanding clergy, professional and administrative staff as well as with our amazing lay leadership, our congregation continues to flourish and thrive. Each is very committed to helping you engage in synagogue life and deepen your involvement with our community. This synagogue is a place where we can be ourselves, because we are a community that accepts and embraces everyone. Our hope is that Congregation Shaarey Tikvah can be your home away from home.

Perhaps the best way to capture the essence of our community is through this poem, written by our “Resident Poet Laureate,” Marty Kohn:

Just another Shaarey Tikvah Shabbos

It begins as it should in the center
The aron kodesh, the ner tamid
The 2 sisters and that
Voice that knows 90 years

If we could we would be a shtetl

To the left and the right a venerable
10 or 12 or so
L’hitatef ba’tzitzit

Calling up, sitting down
And all the time to the left and to the right
And even in the center
Hugging and kibbitzing
Listening and dozing
Learning and dreaming

If we could we would be a shtetl

The kinder march the Torah home
And Etz Hayim tucks her back in place
As our place, here, in this world, at this time
Is affirmed by the rabbi—should we call him rebbe?

If we could we would be a shtetl

And more full of knowing than we know what to do with
We must release in song again

And soon Aleinu and Ein Keloheinu Then the opening of our gates of memory

Before going back to the week ahead
Walking with our God
And a morsel of Kehilah Kedosha