About Temple Beth Tikvah (shoreline CT)
Temple Beth Tikvah is a vibrant, inclusive Reform Jewish community, guided by Torah and interconnected through our traditions and values of tikkun hanefesh (enriching our lives) and tikkun olam (improving the world). We are committed to: (1) inclusion and diversity, (2) worship and education, and (3) meaningful social justice activities.
Our size as a roughly 300-family congregation creates a warm environment in which congregants know each other well. We have a robust volunteer culture and active lay leadership. Our proximity to and many of our congregants’ ties to Yale University provide us with rich intellectual and cultural resources. It is important to the families in our congregation that our children graduate from Religious School with a deep understanding of their Judaism and the motivation to continue learning into adulthood.
Our Religious School is academically rigorous with concentrations in both Hebrew and Judaica. Currently, we have about 80 students enrolled. Learning at the B’nai Mitzvah level takes place in pods, which encourages collaboration and camaraderie. We focus on learning trope to chant Torah, beginning as early as fifth grade, which equips students to participate in Torah services beyond B’nai Mitzvah and throughout their lives. Our religious school enlists the help of special education professionals for students who require additional academic support. Students often become madrichim in our religious school, substituting in classes, and teaching religious school while in college. Our teachers are often congregants with deep investment in our community and in the future of the Jewish people. Our teachers’ commitment and diversity are one of our great strengths.