In 1988, three people decided to form a group to meet the needs of Jewish gays, lesbians, and bisexuals in the Pittsburgh area. Thus was Bet Tikvah ("House of Hope") created.

Since its beginnings, Bet Tikvah events have addressed both the social and the spiritual needs of its growing community. Religious services are held on the first Friday of every month, with additional services for special holidays. Services continue to be led by members of the congregation, creating a warm, involved, and active atmosphere. At the same time, the group socializes together and celebrates life cycle events (such as conversions and namings) as a congregation. An email distribution list provides information about recent and future events.

Bet Tikvah now counts over 40 memberships, including families of all compositions. In addition to serving the needs of Jewish gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals, Bet Tikvah welcomes all who wish to join in worship.

Here are four profiles of Bet Tikvah that were published in local papers:

Here are two op-ed pieces written by members of Bet Tikvah and published in 2023:
On Yom HaShoah especially we must challenge eliminationist speech

Celebrating 35 years of pride and community at Congregation Bet Tikvah