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Congregation Beth Hatikvah

Rabbi Hannah Orden and children at Congregation Beth Hatikvah

We are a group of very different people—Jew and non-Jew, men and women, straight and LGBTQ, people of different ethnicities, beliefs, political stripes, and backgrounds—who share one thing. We experience Judaism as a sort of magnetic force drawing us together, and within it we find, in one way or another, the power, inspiration, and knowledge to live our lives fully and with purpose.

As a Reconstructionist synagogue, we make Judaism relevant to our modern lives. Music, social justice, food, learning, and laughing all play a big part in our communal lives. Our new rabbi, Rabbi Allyson Zacharoff is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and spent her rabbinical school years fostering Jewish community, teaching, and offering pastoral support while working with various congregations and Hillels. Rabbi Zacharoff brings her passion for building community to our congregation.  Our educational director, lay leadership, and Rabbi Zacharoff, run an innovative Religious School that kids love going to and where they learn to love being Jewish.

Here’s how our members describe CBH:

  • Judgement-free
  • Non-cliquey
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Participatory
  • Informal
  • Homey
  • Genuine and authentic
  • Creative
  • Good energy
  • You don’t need to believe in God


Summit, NJ 07901-1314
United States


The Reconstructionist Network

Serving as central organization of the Reconstructionist movement

Training the next generation of groundbreaking rabbis

Modeling respectful conversations on pressing Jewish issues

Curating original, Jewish rituals, and convening Jewish creatives

The Reconstructionist Network