Welcome to Congregation Tikvat Jacob Beth Torah. CTJ has many programs and events to offer - see what's happening below.


4th Grade Shabbat!

Friday, January 20, 2016  |  6:30 PM
Potluck to Follow at 7:15 PM

Third Friday is here again! Enjoy this fabulous service led by 4th Grade. Tot Shabbat begins at 5:45, 4th Grade Shabbat at 6:30, and a potluck will follow at 7:15. Come and hang out, nosh and celebrate Shabbat.

Poker Club

Monday, January 16, 2017 | 7:00 PM 

Small stakes poker at the shul. Learn, watch, or play. Contact Alan Meyer at alanm48@gmail.com for more information. All are invited.


Habits of Happiness with Rabbi Kalev

Sunday, January 8, 2017  |  9:00 AM
OR Wednesday, January 11, 2017  |  7:00 PM

Explore Positive Psychology with Rabbi Kalev and discover how cutting edge discoveries on happiness blend with timeless Jewish wisdom. Students will gain strategies to maximize happiness, fulfill their potential, and lead happier, more productive lives.

Class are held on Wednesdays and Sundays - you may attend either day.

Class Four: Permission to Be Human
Sunday, January 8, 2017  at 9:00 AM or Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM
It is said, "to err is human." Together we will learn how to give ourselves permission to be imperfect.

Pub Trivia Night

Saturday, January 21, 2017  |  7:00 PM
Adults 21 and Over Only! Cost $5 Member, $10 Non-Member

Pay When You Arrive and Leave Your Smart Phone at Home!

Do you always know the answers on Jeopardy? Always win at Trivial Pursuit? This is the evening for you.

Come for a good ol’ fashioned Pub Trivia Night at CTJ. You may either select your own team of wisenheimers or ask to be set up with other smart folks.

Think trivia is “trivial”? Just come watch and enjoy. Adults only, please!

Please RSVP and set up your team by clicking here.

This evening is in memory of Karen Green. 


Healing Service

Sunday, January 22, 2017  |  6:30 PM

Sisterhood and The Healing Sisters come together again. This service brings together women in a warm, nurturing environment to send healing thoughts to loves ones, cherish memories of those we have lost, and nurture ourselves.

Service is open to all women, members/non-members. No cost. We hope you will come!


Artist in Residence

CTJ hosts our Artist in Residence, Mordechai Rosenstein, for a series of fun and creative events, beginning January 25.

"Inspiration Behind the Art"
Wednesday, January 25 at 8:00 PM

"Coffee, Coloring & Cookies"
Thursday, January 26 at 10:30 AM



D'var Torah by Artist Mordechai Rosenstein
at Shabbat Services

Friday, January 27 at 7:00 PM and
Saturday, January 28 at 9:30 AM

"Havdalah, Painting & Pinot"
Saturday, January 28  at 6:00 PM
Cost: $10 per person. Pay at table.

For more information on all Artist in Residence events, please click here


Catch '67: 50 Years Since the Six-Day War

Monday, January 23, 2017  |  7:00 - 9:00 PM
Congregation Ner Tamid (Map) 

CTJ co-hosts speaker Micah Goodman of the Shalom Institute at a special event at Congregation Ner Tamid in Palos Verdes. Join us to hear this best-selling Israeli author and one of Israel’s most recognized and respected scholars.

Micah Goodman is a leading voice on Judaism, Zionism, the Bible, and the challenges and opportunities facing Israel and contemporary Jewry today.

Lecture and Dessert Reception: $10 per person

For additional information and to register shalomhartman.org/SouthBayLecture


Sisterhood's Torah Fund Dinner & Service

Friday, January 27, 2017
5:30 PM Dinner; 7:00 PM Services

Worship with CTJ Sisterhood on January 27 for the Torah Fund Shabbat, celebrating this year's theme: "P'ri Yadehah," the Fruit of her Hands.

Join us for a delicious Shabbat Dinner beginning at 5:30 PM. Reserve early as we are limited to 50 people, for a cost of $25 per adult and $18 for children 13 and younger.

Please RSVP to Natalie Brill at gnatrbrill@aol.com by Monday, January 23.

Torah Fund is the effort by Women’s League and over 800 Sisterhoods internationally to raise funds for the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, the Zeigler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, the Schecter Institute of Jewish Learning in Jerusalem, the Seminario Rabbinico in Buenos Aires, the Rabbinical School in Budapest, and the new seminary in Potsdam, Germany, 70 years after the Holocaust. Our Mission is to prepare our Community to continue our Jewish traditions for our children and grandchildren by providing opportunities and funds to educate Jewish professionals, such as our wonderful current leader, Rabbi Joshua Kalev, and our Rabbi Emeriti, Rabbi Mark Hyman and Rabbi Marvin Bornstein. If you would like to donate to this great cause, please contact Natalie Brill at gnatrbrill@aol.com.


Progressive Dinner

Saturday, February 4, 2017  |  6:00 PM

Planning for this favorite CTJ social event is just getting started. We gather together for appetizers and havdalah, continue to members' houses for dinnerswith new and old friends, and then reconvene for dessert. This adults only evening is a wonderful way to meet other CTJ members.

If you'd like to host a dinner, please contact Tamah at director@ctjmb.org.


Archaeology & Coins

Sunday, January 29, 2017  |  4:00 PM

We are excited to offer two presentations on archaeology in Israel! Dr. Ahuva Ho, a Hebrew Bible scholar and archaeologist, will discuss how an archaeological tell is organized and share the finds and stories from her many years of digging at Tell-Gath. Our own Richard Katz will share his collection of ancient coins including Maccabean Kingdom coins.