Congregation B'nai Tikvah
Welcome to B'nai Tikvah. We are the first and only Reconstructionist congregation
in the Greater Cincinnati area and in all of Southwestern Ohio. Our members
are Jewish couples and singles, intermarried couples, and those who have
chosen Judaism by choice. We live in West Chester, Mason, Fairfield, Wyoming,
Hamilton, and other communities in and around Cincinnati.
We are a "People's Shul," firmly committed to making decisions
in accordance with democratic process.
We respect tradition, but we are not afraid to question it. We embrace the
Reconstructionist position that tradition has a vote, but not a veto.
We favor flexibility over dogmatism. Nothing is carved in stone except our
desire to build as outstanding a congregation as possible.
We are eclectic in our openness to all teachings and practices, regardless
of denomination, which nurture the experience of being part of a Jewish
community and enhance our members' sense of spiritual fulfillment.
We gather regularly to observe the Sabbath and Jewish holidays, to study
and to celebrate together.
We support one another in times of sorrow and rejoice in each other's gladness.
We do not believe that one religion is superior to another or that one people
is superior to another. But we are deeply committed to the continuation
of the Jewish people, the maintenance of Jewish life, and the belief in
a universal God.
In keeping with our outlook of openness and willingness to explore, our
prayer book is deliberately "loose leaf," capable of continual
growth and development. We value the use of Hebrew in our services, and
our prayer book includes both Hebrew text as well as transliteration of
the prayers into English.
ABOUT OUR RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
The majority of members of B'nai Tikvah embrace the Reconstructionist view
that the mitzvot of the Torah are observed because they add to people's
lives a sense of meaning, belonging and identity with the Jewish people.
In keeping with this outlook, our Religious School seeks to:
Our congregation accepts matrilineal descent as well as patrilineal descent
- a child is Jewish when either parent is Jewish and the child is raised
- instill a love of Jewish tradition/observance,
- encourage knowledge and use of the Hebrew language,
- foster a will to live Jewishly,
- present a view of God which motivates ethical living,
- contribute to the development of a sustaining, spiritual faith consistent
with a belief in the goodness of the universe,
- nurture an understanding in the children that Torah and Jewish teachings
can help them creatively meet the problems and challenges of life, and
- cultivate an appreciation for the diversity that exists within Judaism,
and a recognition that Judaism has continually evolved from biblical days
to the present.
Congregation B'nai Tikvah's telephone number is (513)759-5356.
Visit our web site at http://www.bnai-tikvah.org
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