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Beth Tikvah Congregation

Our House of Hope

300 Hillcrest Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169  

847-885-4545

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From the President's Desk

Terrie O'Day, President

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01
June
2017

Our New President

My Dear Fellow Congregants!

I am so honored to be the next in a long line of extraordinary leaders at Beth Tikvah Congregation, my Jewish home that I love so much! I promise to do my best to honor that history!

From the moment that I entered the doors of Beth Tikvah, I felt a warm acceptance and that this was where I belonged. Never did I imagine that one day I would begin a new chapter as president of Beth Tikvah! I believe in the vision of Belongingness that Ilene Lanin-Kettering (our wonderful immediate past president) verbalized. I too will use that as my guidepost in all that I do here!

I look forward to all the changes and plans coming in the years ahead. Thanks to the generosity of so many, we will be moving forward with the bathroom renovations this summer and then on to other areas of Beth Tikvah that are also in need of updating. We started with a core group of folks on the Our House Steering Committee with skills and expertise in the design and construction area. This has been most helpful in the initial process to get things off the ground. We will look to grow that committee and involve others as the projects continue. Please feel free to reach out to me or Ilene Lanin-Kettering if you are interested in being a part of this committee, or even if you have questions or thoughts that you want to have heard.

Exciting plans are underway for our 60th Anniversary celebration, graciously led by Gayle Kopin. Festivities will begin after the High Holidays, and carry on throughout the year, culminating in May with a celebration and rededication of our Beth Tikvah home. Please watch for more information on the events to come in the Tikvahite and the weekly “What’s Happening” email blast. If you are interested in planning and helping with these events, please let Gayle or me know as soon as possible.

We continue to work diligently on protecting our home and ensuring the security of our congregants to be best of our ability. While we must all realize that we cannot prevent every scenario, we can do some things to improve our chances of weathering an incident. There are several exterior projects that are underway with funds from the 2016 Homeland Security Grant we were awarded.

Additionally, we are looking into a new matching grant offered by JUF and, when published, the 2017 Homeland Security Grant. The Security sub-committee of Building & Grounds will be led by Bruce Cohen, who is currently working with JUF to do a security assessment and further update our procedures to protect our home and all its occupants. There will be more information to come as this initiative progresses.

All of the things that take place every day in this “little temple” of ours could not happen without ALL of the dedicated VOLUNTEERS that give abundantly of their time and energy! We are truly grateful to each and every person for their efforts! From the Executive Board members to the Board of Directors, (comprised of our Committee Chairs), to those that participate on all the committees that Beth Tikvah has to offer, to every one of you who volunteer to help with an event, bake or serve oneg, usher or help with High Holy Days, Religious School or ECC, bring supplies, help with a dinner, make phone calls, write cards or fill in for Lucy in the office so she can take a much needed day off! There are just so many ways to be involved at so many different levels, whether you have a lot of time to give or just a little once in a while. It’s ALL important and all SO needed and SO very much appreciated!! It truly does take a village! Yeah I know this phrase, while true, has become very cliché, right? So let’s coin a new one just for us…Kol Hak’far!! The Whole Village!

If you would like to get more involved in something but don’t know where to start, please reach out to me and I will be glad to help you!

Lastly, I want everyone to know that I have an open door policy… I want to hear from you! I want to hear your feedback, positive comments, what you enjoy, what you’re concerned about as well as your suggestions for improvements and resolutions! I am just an email away. Beginning in the fall I will start an “Ask the President” table in the lobby on one Sunday each month. This is where any congregant can come and sit with me to talk about whatever is on their mind. This will also be followed up with a new section in the Tikvahite of the same name. Please feel free to take advantage of these avenues to let your voice be heard. While I can’t promise to act on every suggestion, I do promise you that I care what you think and will always be here to listen!

I look forward to doing more GREAT things together in the coming two years!

Thank you again for bestowing upon me this honor of serving the place that I love so much!

-Terrie O’Day

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