Congregation Beth Hatikvah is incredibly fortunate to have Rabbi Mitchell Delcau at the bimah leading most of our services, holiday 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 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.
As 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 an avid mountain-biker, skier, and hiker.
Before coming to Washington State, Rabbi Mitch served as the Senior Rabbi of Temple Judea of Bucks County in Doylestown. He 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.
Rabbi Mitch is 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. There 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. He 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 served as student rabbi at Mt. Sinai Congregation in Texarkana, TX and interned at Adath Israel in Cincinnati.