- We're a Reform congregation of over 300 member families from Winchester, Arlington, Lexington, Stoneham, Medford, Reading and many other surrounding communities. Living Jewishly is a process and we welcome you wherever you are on your "Jewish journey." Our members represent diverse Jewish backgrounds, practices, beliefs, and family structures. We understand that there's no one way to be Jewish, and so we seek to hear the needs of each individual, learning from the dialogue and building closer connections with each other and with Judaism. As Jacob wrestled with the mysterious angel in the Torah, we wrestle with the ongoing creation of our community and the meaning of Judaism for our times. It's a sacred struggle that makes Shir Tikvah a mighty stimulating place. Shir Tikvah is not an entity separate from its members. Each of us has a part in making the community what it is today and what it will become in the future. The spirit of our grassroots beginnings still drives us, and we encourage every member to play a role in helping to keep our activities robust. Our rich mix of programs ranges from ritual/spiritual exploration to social action to summer camping. Our well-respected Religious School of over 200 students spans pre-school through confirmation, and Sunday mornings include plenty of opportunities for parents to learn, too. Shir Tikvah isn't a place to just drop the kids. It's a place to join in creating a Jewish community of friends from varied backgrounds who explore what Judaism has to say about life. We provide each other with a warm, caring environment for sharing life-cycle celebrations and sorrows. Temple membership is a relationship between the individual member or family and the congregation. Like any good relationship, it requires a good match between the parties. With this in mind, we invite you to 'date' us. The only requirement is that you be sincerely interested in exploring what Judaism and involvement in a Jewish community can mean in your life. If that describes you, then take your time to learn as much as you can about our community. Come to events that interest you. Talk with our members and professional staff. Experience Shir Tikvah, which means 'Song of Hope', at our Friday night services. We take great joy in communal song and an egalitarian approach to ritual that is welcoming to people with a wide range of Jewish knowledge, including non-Jewish family members. In our commitment to diversity, we seek to provide an open Jewish home for gay and lesbian members.