Congregation B’nai Tikvah Synagogue was established in 1972 in Washington Township, Gloucester County. Congregation Beth Israel was founded in 1928 in Woodbury, also in Gloucester County. A brief history of BI is here. In 2010, Congregations B’nai Tikvah and Beth Israel merged into Congregation B’nai Tikvah-Beth Israel.
Together, CBT-BI is home to more than 125 families throughout South Jersey.
CBT-BI is a vibrant, welcoming, egalitarian Jewish community. The synagogue conducts Shabbat services 52 weeks a year and holiday services for all festivals. The synagogue also provides a religious school program from kindergarten through confirmation and adult education classes. Religious school for grades K-2 is free, and membership is not required for kindergarten enrollment. There are holiday parties and socials for children and adults. In addition, we have an active men’s club and sisterhood. An annual dinner dance is held culminating the accomplishments for the year.
The congregation is governed by a board of trustees elected by the general membership. Monthly board meetings are held and synagogue members are always welcome. General membership meetings are held periodically and all congregants are encouraged to participate on committees. Members are kept abreast of synagogue activities through our newsletter, appropriately named The Shofar, and through personal contact by phone, e-mail or letter.
CBT-BI is active in the community and participates in interfaith services and dialogue to promote harmonious relationships among people of all faiths and nationalities.