Congregation B'nai Tikvah is a Reform Congregation (member of the Union for Reform Judaism) in the hills of Walnut Creek, CA. It was founded by eighteen charter families in 1981 and has a current membership of 350 families.
It is the goal of the Congregation, through personal attention to its members' diverse backgrounds and needs, to provide an extended family to its members which will fulfill their spiritual needs, foster their Jewish identity and promote the perpetuation of Judaism and its members' Jewish education. The Congregation encourages a commitment by each member - married or single, working in the home, outside the home or retired - to full participation in Temple life.
The 20th-century synagogue member profile was generally a husband, wife, children and elders of predominately Eastern and Central European descent. Over the years we have gladly embraced the numerous changes that remarkable century fostered. Interfaith couples and the Jewish status of their children under the Reform principle of “Patrilineal Descent” (1983) has been a hallmark of B’nai Tikvah and our growth as a congregation. Embracing the spectrum of ethnic and racial identities along with progressing social norms has been essential to our reform Jewish community.
At the forefront of social change, the Reform movement supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, both in civil and Jewish society. As a congregation in the 21st century, we see the hurdles to equality faced by so many. B'nai Tikvah welcomes LGBT individuals and families and considers their right to equality and total acceptance in our culture to be our desire and our issue as Reform Jews.
B’nai Tikvah’s diversely growing Reform Jewish community is integral to our ongoing spiritual vitality from which we all benefit.