ROSWELL, Ga. – Temple Beth Tikvah, a 500-family Reform Jewish congregation located in Roswell, will mark its 25th anniversary with a weekend celebration in October featuring internationally renowned composer, singer and actor Danny Maseng.
“A quarter of a century ago, under the leadership of founding Rabbi Donald Tam, a few families had the idea to create a warm, welcoming and engaging place to worship,” said Rabbi Fred Greene, who has led the synagogue since 2006. “They called it Temple Beth Tikvah – the ‘House of Hope’— and 25 years later, the congregation has lived up to its name and then some. This celebration is our opportunity to look back on how much we’ve accomplished together and to look ahead to the opportunities and challenges we face as Jews, congregants and members of the broader community. ”
The congregation’s 25th anniversary celebration will include a Shabbat (Sabbath) service on Friday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. featuring Maseng and the Temple Beth Tikvah choir. On Saturday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m., Maseng will perform a special concert of popular, folk and Jewish music. The public is invited to the service and concert.
There is a charge for the concert of $36 per person, and personal and corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. To reserve a seat or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, call Temple Beth Tikvah at 770-642-0434.
The weekend will conclude Sunday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m. with Relay for Life Ruach Atlanta, the first-ever Sunday Relay for Life event to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Ruach is a transliteration of the Hebrew word that means spirit. The event will take place at Roswell Area Park. Those who wish to participate can register at www.RelayForLife.org/ruachga.
Born in Israel to American parents, Maseng first came to the U.S. to star on Broadway in “Only Fools Are Sad.” A playwright, actor, singer, writer and composer, he has served as evaluator of new American plays/opera-musical theater for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Today, Maseng serves as the music director of Temple Israel of Hollywood, Calif. and is one of the most popular and respected composers of contemporary liturgical and synagogue music.
Temple Beth Tikvah attracts congregants from across Atlanta’s northern suburbs and offers a dynamic spiritual community that includes worship, religious school, preschool, community outreach and a variety of special programming.
In addition to Greene, the synagogue’s clergy includes Cantor Nancy Kassel and Tam, the rabbi emeritus. For more information about Temple Beth Tikvah, call 770-642-0434.