Congregation Beth Hatikvah is incredibly fortunate to have Rabbi Mitchell Delcau at the pulpit leading most of our services, holidays celebrations, and life cycle events. He is a passionate, dynamic, humorous, musical, and spiritually motivating rabbi and perfectly matched for our warm and welcoming community!
Rabbi Mitchell Delcau was born in New Rochelle, New York and grew up outside Nashville, Tennessee. (When one hears him speak, there is no doubt of his Southern roots.) After graduating high school, he attended Tennessee State University and completed a degree in civil engineering. Working for the US Army Corps of Engineers, his career path led him to pursue a graduate degree in hydraulic river engineering at Colorado State University. At CSU, Rabbi Mitch became heavily involved in Hillel of Colorado, which reconnected him with Judaism from an adult perspective and reignited his childhood interest in becoming a rabbi. Rabbi Mitch was ordained from HUC-JIR in Cincinnati.
Rabbi Mitch is an accomplished spiritual service leader with a passion for teaching Judaism to all ages. Rabbi Mitch uses his love of music and his guitar to foster a spiritual and energetic connection to the congregation. He is also an avid mountain-biker, skier, and hiker, and is currently working on an outdoor spiritual adventure initiative to connect his Judaic interests with his love of the outdoors. Rabbi Mitch, his wife Stacey, and daughters Shira and Maya are very excited to be a part of sharing this vision with Congregation Beth Hatikvah.
Before coming to Washington State, Rabbi Mitch served as the Senior Rabbi of Temple Judea of Bucks County in Doylestown, and was very involved in the community serving as leader of the Bucks County Rabbis’ Council for two years. He worked with the Doylestown Hospital as a member of the Pastoral Care Advisory Committee and the Hospital Ethics Committee. In addition, Rabbi Mitch was and remains a committed advocate for the State of Israel. As such, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) recognized him as part of the first Rabbinical Advocacy mission in the history of the lobbying organization in the summer of 2014. He seeks to be a part of the greater peace effort in the Middle East and has also engaged in efforts such as lobbying public officials in Washington, D.C. to prevent nuclear weaponry in the region.
Previously, Rabbi Mitch was an Assistant Rabbi and then an Associate Rabbi at Temple Emanuel of Denver, Colorado. During his tenure, he created an outdoor program and was very involved with young families, young professionals, creative programming, and developing curriculum and course materials for the temple’s Confirmation class. Rabbi Mitch was an active member of the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council and he sat on the board of trustees of both Hillel of Colorado and Jewish National Fund. Rabbi Delcau spent two years as the student rabbi at Mt. Sinai Congregation in Texarkana, TX before interning for two years at Adath Israel in Cincinnati.
Click to Listen as CBH sings with Rabbi Mitch in the Sukkah, Fall 2016
While most of our services are led by Rabbi Mitch, we are extremely fortunate to have relationships with others who offer our members a diversity of approaches. Approximately five times a year, services are be led by cantorial soloist-lay leaders who have extensive knowledge, experience, and a deep spiritual connection to our congregation; while these are most typically Kabbalah and Havdalah services, we have had the rare but delightful opportunity to have a Saturday morning services led with a different approach. In addition, on the rare occasion we have also had special opportunities to have services led by other visiting ordained Reform Rabbis.