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A confirmation class poses for a picture circa 1977

Our Story

Est. 1964

TBT began as a group of passionate families in search for a sense of community and spirituality. From our grass roots beginnings to the vibrant congregation we are today, we offer you a Jewish “home away from home” and look forward to welcoming you!

Twenty-five visionary families gathered  and  started Temple Beth Tikvah – A House of “Hope” was born. The first services were conducted at the Fullerton YMCA with an ark built in the garage of a member family. During its first 2 years TBT was served by Rabbinical students. In 1965 Rabbi Haim Asa Z’’l  became the leader of this growing community.

Rabbi Asa established a culture of audacious hospitality, radical devotion to his congregants  and  so of  deep engagement in the wider Jewish and local community. He was leader of the Fullerton Interfaith Ministerial Association, the chaplain at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, and for years was active in the Anti-Defamation League.  

From humble beginnings as an ark in a garage, Temple Beth Tikvah developed into a beautiful campus at the summit of Acacia Hill featuring 2 buildings, unique collections of art, and a serene haven from the bustle of downtown Fullerton.

Adat Ari conservative synagogue in Anaheim Hills joined the TBT family bringing another layer to what already was our traditional flavor.

Today TBT is a hub for spirituality, torah study and social action. We are engaged in an ongoing process of re – imaging and experiencing Jewish communal life. We focus on experiential learning, joyful music, community engagement, and family participation.

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