The public is invited to tour the newly renovated Congregation Beth Tikvah at events scheduled for Friday and Sunday, March 8 and 10.
The congregation recently celebrated its first services in the new sanctuary, and leaders would like residents to stop by and see the new spaces, said Alyssa Geller, social-media and communications assistant.
On Friday, March 8, a musical Shabbat Alive service will be held at 6:15 p.m., preceded by a light nosh at 5:45.
On Sunday, March 10, Jewish rock musician Dan Nichols will perform an 11 a.m. concert for congregants and members of the community.
During the morning, the mezuzah will be affixed to the sanctuary entrance, and a dairy lunch will be served at noon.
Visitors will be able to see the new sanctuary, which has permanent seating for 200. The old sanctuary seated 120.
Updated gathering spaces and a larger reception area also will allow more space for gatherings, said Geller. The gathering space could be used for worship in the round, set up for movies or performances, and has table seating for 200. Having a separate sanctuary and gathering space allows for tremendous flexibility, Geller said.
Former office space was re-turned to its original use as a classroom, allowing religion classes to meet in 14 rooms.
New administrative offices were built.
Congregation Beth Tikvah kicked off a weekend of Purim celebrations starting Feb. 22, with a Shabbat service in the new sanctuary.
Prior to the service, president Patti Price and Ernie Mandell, first vice president and steering committee chairman and Renewal Campaign 2011 chairman, were honored to carry the Torahs. They were joined by treasurer Andrew Smith, Bob Fisher, Bobbi Garber, Bruce Chapman, temple administrator Suzanne Parr, David Binkovitz and ritual committee chairwoman Barb Mindel. Rabbis Rick Kellner and Gary Huber placed them in the new ark, which is part of the new sanctuary.
The Shabbat service was led by Beth Tikvah's sixth-grade class. Seventh-grader Noah Amsterdam, who had the first Bar Mitzvah service in the new sanctuary the next morning, also participated.
Congregants and guests alike were in awe of the construction project which took years of planning and months to see the vision finally come to fruition, Geller said.
Saturday's festivities included not only a morning Bar Mitzvah but also a brotherhood and a Purim Schpeil, based around a 1950s rock 'n' roll theme.
Purim continued into Sunday as families played such games as Vashti's Crown Toss and the Purim Cake Walk at the Purim Carnival, organized by members Lauren Lavy and Colette Chandler. Matt Ryan Mobile DJ Entertainment provided music.
Congregation Beth Tikvah is a reform synagogue at 6121 Olentangy River Road, Worthington. For more information, call the office at 614-885-6286.