Chevrei Tikva Records

Span Dates: 1983-2002
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 2.01 linear feet


The collection consists of newsletters, minutes, program flyers, lists, correspondence, calendars, prayer services and reports created by Chevrei Tikva.

Hist/Bio Note

Chevrei Tikva, a religious congregation organized to meet the needs of gay, lesbian, and transgendered Jews, was founded in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1983. The name Chevrei Tikva (Hebrew for "friends of hope") was chosen in Hovember 1983. Religious services were initially held in members' homes. From 1984-1989 the group met at The Civic, 3130 Mayfield Road, in Cleveland Heights. The congregation acquired its Torah scroll in 1986, and introduced varied programming, including Sabbath and holiday services, Passover seders, house dedications, and baby namings. In 1989 the congregation moved its services to the Unitarian Universalist Society of Cleveland, 2728 Lancashire Road, in Cleveland Heights, and also affiliated with the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, which is the synagogue association of the Reform movement. In 2001 Rachel Rembrandt, a graduate of Hebrew Union College, became the congregations' first permanent rabbi.

Finding Aid

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