The unique design of our sanctuary presents both a beautiful and compelling setting for worship, while our banquet hall, classrooms and outdoor spaces offer an attractive place to learn, celebrate and congregate.
Throughout the sanctuary, representations of our Jewish heritage abound. The sanctuary’s ten columns represent the ten stages of the manifestation of God prior to creation (the sefirot) as described in Jewish mystical sources. The twelve tribes of Israel are represented by the twelve recessed windows that are part of the upper sanctuary walls. As Martin Greenberg, architect of the sanctuary has explained, “the dome itself has been lighted in a manner so that the actual surface of the dome cannot readily be seen. Only a glowing light is visible, symbolizing our concepts of an infinite, indefinable God, who is beyond human description and understanding.”
The ark at the center of the sanctuary houses a beautiful collection of Torah scrolls, which are readily visible by all congregants when the curtains are open. The four steps below the Ark allow the Torah to be brought down to the congregation as it was “brought down from on high down into the midst of the people for acceptance.”
The social hall is a wonderful place to hold any type of simcha, including weddings, Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebrations, anniversary parties and baby namings. It includes a large dance floor, a stage for bands and disc jockeys and convenient access. A fully equipped kitchen adjoins the social hall and the picturesque Alterman Chapel is just outside. The chapel has served as a beautiful chupah (wedding canopy) during wedding ceremonies and as a backdrop to many other special occasions
The Michael Benjamin Zalkin Memorial Library
The Michael Benjamin Zalkin Memorial Library, which is located in the Education Wing, houses a collection of Jewish books, periodicals and other resource materials that are available to all members of Temple Beth Tikvah. The library is continually enhancing its collection to ensure that congregants have access to the information they need to continue their Jewish journeys.
The Education Wing
The Education Wing includes 23 classrooms and offices for our Religious School and Preschool staff. Each classroom is decorated by students and teachers to celebrate our heritage as Jews and to provide an inviting learning environment. The Education Wing also houses the Michael Benjamin Zalkin Memorial Library.