Shalom! Welcome to this area. The greater Northwest suburbs of Chicago have terrific communities for raising families.
Finding a spiritual home for your family is important so let us introduce you to Beth Tikvah Congregation. We are a Reform synagogue serving over 300 Jewish families in the Northwest Suburban area for almost 50 years.
Jews are a minority in the suburbs surrounding Beth Tikvah, so for many of us, the Congregation is our Jewish Community Center for all religious and educational activities and many of our social activities.
Whatever your reason for joining a congregation, we will help you feel welcome as part of the Beth Tikvah family.
Beth Tikvah is committed to the principle that education is a continuous and life long activity. Programs and courses of study have been and continue to be developed for our adult members.
In the past few years, our adult education program has included:
- Jewish history
- Hebrew for adults
- Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah courses
- Weekend retreats at O.S.R.U.I.
- In town retreats featuring a scholar–in-residence
- Torah and Talmud study
Our numerous social activities are an integral component of membership, and are vital as part of the “family experience” at Beth Tikvah.
Purely social activities for the entire congregation include:
- The temple picnic
- The chili cook-off
- Purim party
- Shabbat dinners
A number of other social events are conducted by our affiliates.
The experience of belonging to the Jewish community is enhanced by our organizations that appeal to specific target groups. There is at least one affiliate whose activities will appeal to each member of your family, and they are a great place to make new friends.
- Teen and Tween Youth Groups – led by our young members with adult supervision
- LAFF (Life After Fifty-Five) – is an energetic group of seniors that meet monthly for social and cultural activities
- Men’s Club – all men are welcome to this group for both social activities and service projects
- Sisterhood – women working to serve the congregation and socializing together as sisters. Sisterhood serves the temple in many ways:
- Sponsoring Oneg Shabbats
- Hosting holiday parties in religious school
- Running the gift shop
- Providing camp scholarships
- Undertaking many special projects
Many benefits of Beth Tikvah are available only to those who are members:
Over the years, Beth Tikvah has maintained one of the finest Jewish religious schools in the Chicago area!
The religious education offered by Beth Tikvah to has the goal of instilling within the children of our members:
- a love for Judaism
- an appreciation of the values and ideals of the Jewish heritage.
Teachers are selected for their educational background and teaching experience. The faculty participates in continuing programs of teacher education.
Our educational program fulfills a complete continuum of needs:
- We begin with an Early Childhood Center (ECC) that serves those as young as 18 months with programs both during the year and a summer camp for toddlers.
- Religious school commences with pre-school classes and continues up to 12th grade Hebrew and religious studies.
- We have a “special needs” class taught by certified Special Education personnel.
- There is also a summer camp for children in grades 1-5, which includes field trips and pool time.
The Hebrew program is intensive and teaches Hebrew as a living language, not just as the language of the Torah.
- High School District #211 has recognized this excellence by awarding high school credit for Hebrew classes taken.
- Many of our graduates even receive college credit.
Tickets to attend High Holiday services are a privilege of membership.
We welcome all who wish to come and worship with us at Shabbat and festival services.
- Friday evening Shabbat services are held at 8:00 pm.
- Family Shabbat services are held once a month at 7:30 pm
Death and funerals are topics that most of us do not want to discuss until the need is imminent. While death is a natural part of the human life cycle, it is a stressful time for the family.
To support our families, during these difficult times, Beth Tikvah has selected a special standardized funeral plan open to members and their immediate families. We can also customize the arrangements to meet the needs of the family.
Recognizing the diversity that comprises the people of the Reform movement, Beth Tikvah is committed to an active Outreach program.
- Jews by choice
- Interfaith couples
- Anyone whose life is touched by an interfaith relationship
- Those who are curious about Judaism.
We offer opportunities to share experiences and learn from others in a supportive, non-threatening environment.
Complete the Membership Inquiry Form to obtain membership information and application forms.