25 visionary families gathered and started Temple Beth Tikvah – A House of “Hope” was born. The first services are conducted at the Fullerton YMCA with an ark built in the garage of a member family. During its first 2 years TBT was served by Rabbinical students. In 1965 Rabbi Haim Asa Z’’l became the leader of this growing community.
Rabbi Asa established a culture of audacious hospitality, radical devotion to his congregants and so of deep engagement in the wider Jewish and local community.
He was leader of the Fullerton Interfaith Ministerial Assn., he was chaplain at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, and for years was active in the Anti-Defamation League.
From an Ark in a garage TBT developed into a beautiful campus, that counts with 2 buildings, unique pieces of art and while it is near downtown Fullerton, sits in a beautiful valley, it is a true physical and spiritual oasis.