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Tikvah Talk January 2017


This month our congregation highlighted the theme of understanding racial issues with the added goal of enhancing the bonds between members of our racially diverse community.


January 13 our Solidarity Shabbat at Temple Sinai honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A panel of black and white participants in the Summit Interfaith Council Dialog on Race shared their lessons learned from these important conversations. It was a beautiful evening of sharing and singing.


On January 14 Dr. Betty Livingston Adams, author and Associate Minister at Fountain Baptist Church lectured on Arousing the American Conscience: Seeking Social Justice in Troubling Times. We learned about the powerful but overlooked role of non-elite black women in the struggle for social justice.


January 16 Temple Sinai, Congregation Ohr Shalom and CBH co-hosted an overflow crowd of our Jewish community neighbors and friends from Fountain Baptist Church for a screening of Strange Fruit, a powerful film about the haunting song made popular by Billie Holiday. The film director led the vigorous Q &A. Lots of pizza and drinks were consumed.


In the spirit of enhancing understanding and communication, the SAC and Rabbi are encouraging those who haven’t participated to sign up for the next session of the mind altering Dialogs on Race.


Four Two-Hour Group Sessions during the weeks

of February 12, 26 and March 12, 26, 2017



For more information, and to sign up online, contact

Reverend Emilie Boggis at

Or at:


February, Mark your calendar for February 10 at 6:30pm for the Tu b’Shevat Shabbat Dinner. The theme of celebration of our earth, includes tastings of sustainable, locally produced foods and a fascinating talk bey Brian Naftal, owner of FlatBrook Farm. Please RSVP on the CBH website by Feb. 1


And stay tuned for new initiatives from the Social Action Committee. If you have any ideas or thoughts or are interested in joining contact me. Elisa Sananman


Congregation Beth Hatikvah Members Donate Tefillin for Abayudaya Community in Uganda

Rabbi Hannah Orden and Cindy Slavin presented Rav Mugoya Shadrach Levi, spiritual leader of Namutumba Synagogue in eastern Uganda, with tefillin to bring back to his Abayudaya (“People of Judah”) Jewish community. The sets of Tefillin were generously donated by Congregation Beth Hatikvah (CBH) members Debbie Kaflowitz, Joel Kampf, Sandy Miller and Jill Shuster.

Rabbi Orden and several CBH members first met Rav Shadrach when he came to a Shabbat service last summer. They also met Yoash Mayende, Director of the Tikkum Olam Nursery and Primary School.

We are continuing to collect Tefillin for the Namutumba community. If you have a set of tefillin from family members they you are not using and would like to donate, please bring them to the rabbi.

A CBH Original: The Tikkun-Olameter

Tikkun Olam means "repair the world" which is a big deal for us CBH folks!  So we decided to make a year long meter (tikkun meter or tikkun-olameter)​ to track how many CBH'ers are doing acts to repair the world. 

We were amazed to see how many of us are doing kind deeds every month to make our planet a better place. We had so many each month that we had to replace the dry erase marker we planed to use with a fine tip one so we could make space for all the good deeds!

Rabbi Hannah Orden and Social Action Chairs Liza Kirschenbaum and Marc Kaufman pose with the yet to be filled out Tikkun-Olameter.


Almost filled. Each month, good acts from CBHers are recorded on the Tikkun-Olameter.

Wed, 22 February 2017 26 Shevat 5777