A Reform Jewish Congregation in Clear Lake | Rabbi Office Hours: Wed. 11 - 5 & (2nd Wed. 3 - 8 PM)
Shalom and Welcome to Clear Lake's Reform Congregation Beth Tikvah
Shalom and welcome to Temple Beth Tikvah. Come spend an evening with us on Shabbat or join us for a special event. We are proud of building a spiritual presence for the Jewish community here in Clear Lake. Representing young and older families alike, we invite you to share that sense of belonging. The story has been told many times, how two families sat around a kitchen table in February 1994 to start a Clear Lake area Reform Jewish congregation.
Nestled in a beautifully wooded three acres bordering Armand Bayou Park, this "House of Hope" serves as a center for prayer, study and social gatherings. Every individual, every family, is crucial to the spirit of Beth Tikvah. Now, through Torah Study, Adult and Youth Hebrew classes, a Youth Group, Sunday School, Sisterhood and Men's Club, our monthly ChaiLights newsletter and website, Temple Beth Tikvah is a part of the ever-growing Jewish awareness throughout the greater Houston area.
Welcoming interfaith families, we are creating a home of learning and righteous deeds, good deeds that will enable us to thrive in the presence of the Almighty. Our continued growth is due to the loyal support of a congregation committed to contributing their energy and resources to our Temple family and the warm guidance of strong spiritual leadership.
Temple Beth Tikvah is located at 12411 Park Shadows Trail Houston, Texas in the Clear Lake area near Bay Area Blvd. Click here and a Google Map of Temple Beth Tikvah will open in a new window.
From Downtown Houston take I-45 South toward Galveston. Exit 26 toward Bay Area Blvd. Take the Bay Area Blvd ramp over the freeway, (so take a Left on Bay Area Blvd). Right on Middlebrook Drive, Left on Park Shadows Trail. The address is 12411 Park Shadows Trail.
Membership is open to all who seek to live a Jewish life. Our congregational family is a vital and diversified group. Joining Temple Beth Tikvah is easy. Our religious school fees are limited to $50/child per year and there are no building fees. First year membership is based on a voluntary dues structure. Membership Application
Did you know that Chanukah is the only significant Jewish holiday firmly rooted in history which is not mentioned in the Jewish Bible?
Chanukah begins early this Year, the night before Thanksgiving, November 27th and continues through sundown December 5th. Some have coined this convergence of holidays Thanksgivukkah! The last time Chanukah fell during Thanksgiving was back in 1888 and the next time it is predicted to occur is long after any of us will still be walking the earth, in 76695, when the last day of Chanukah will be the first day of Thanksgiving. I hope global warming has not consumed our earth by then...
The story of Chanukah goes back to 165 B.C.E. Antiochus the Fourth, the Greek king of Syria, forced the Jews to stop living a Jewish lifestyle, and instead, to worship Greek gods. In the rural community of Modi’in, Mattathias, a Jewish priest, refused to break Jewish laws. He and his five sons, the Maccabees along with other Jews rebelled against the Greeks. They lived in hiding in the Judean Hills and came out only to attack the much larger Greek forces. After Mattathias died, his son Judah led the small but powerful Jewish army. In 168 B.C.E. they were victorious! This is one of the great miracles of the story of Chanukah…….or
Chanukah is the most widely celebrated American Jewish holiday, possibly because it is a fun, child-centered occasion. It is celebrated with excellent food and the lighting of beautiful menorahs (special Chanukah candelabras) filled with brightly colored candles.
Many Jewish holidays commemorate events invested with historical and religious meaning, and Hanukkah is no exception. Chanukah means rededication and it commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration by foreign forces. The celebration also reaffirms the continuing struggle to live by God's commandments and to lead Jewish lives.
Jews light the menorah for 8 nights to symbolize a second miracle….a small cruse of oil which barely had enough fuel to burn for one day actually lasted for 8 days! Jews traditionally eat foods fried in oil to celebrate this miracle, such as potato latkes and donuts.
When all is said and done, perhaps the most important message of Hanukkah may be found in the name of the holiday itself: Dedication. When Jews have dedicated themselves, through faith and action, to the pursuit of high religious and human ideals, Judaism has been strong. That imperative, to strengthen our religion and our people, remains an important challenge at this season, in every generation.
Take a break after Thanksgiving and your Black Friday shopping, as Chanukah comes early this year.
TBT invites all individuals and families free of charge, Jewish and Interfaith to join us for a musical celebration of Chanukah and traditional oneg afterwards on Friday November 29th at 7:30pm at 12411 Park Shadows Trail in Clear Lake 77058 near Univ of Houston Campus www.templebethtikvah.org