Chevrei Tikva Chavurah - Welcoming lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Cleveland area Jews and their families and friends.
In the summer of 2005, Chevrei Tikva, a synagogue with outreach to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) Jews, and their families and friends, became part of the Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple synagogue community.
“Anshe Chesed means ‘people of loving kindness,’ and the clergy, staff, lay leaders, and members of Anshe Chesed have for years demonstrated loving kindness to Chevrei Tikva and its members,” said Jonathan Freilich of Chevrei Tikva. “We are pleased and proud to become a chavurah (“group of friends”) within the Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple community and we welcome others to become part of this community.”
Chevrei Tikva Chavurah Shabbat Services are held once a month on the third Friday. The service begins at 8 p.m. in the Lelyveld Library. Like all Fairmount Temple Shabbat Services, this service is open to all.
In addition to the Services, the Chevrei Tikva Chavurah hosts an array of programming and special events throughout the year, including Chanukah parties, a play, speakers, and a Second Night Passover Seder.
IN THE NEWS
Fairmount Temple Receives Equality Award
The Human Rights Campaign Cleveland honored Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple with its annual Equality Award in recognition of its long history of support for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender community of Cleveland. The Award was presented April 8, 2006.
In the words of the HRC Board of Governors: “True to its tradition of being Anshe Chesed, ’People of Loving Kindness’, the temple is recognized as a leader not only in the religious community but also in the community as a whole. We will always remember the Rabbis’ conducting services in basements, lending torahs to Chevrei Tikva for services, standing with us on ”Issue One,” hosting and leading the benediction of our first HRC ’faith-based’ event, serving on the GLBT Task Force for JCF, and your inclusion of Chevrei Tikva Chavurah as part of the synagogue.“
Click here for recent article in The Jewish Daily Forward Magazine that includes Chevrei Tikva.