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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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November
2017

Food for Thought

I was reminded by Rabbi Tachman’s recent sermon of one of my favorite poems, The Dash by Linda Ellis. If you are not familiar with it, it basically speaks of the importance of how we live our life between the birth and death dates listed on a gravestone… you know the dates separated by “The Dash.” So many things have transpired in recent months that make me think of how important this really is. Things both in my personal life and in the world around us; recent natural disasters in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and Mexico, the fires in California and senseless tragedies in Charlottesville and Las Vegas to name just a few. It makes me painfully aware that no one is really promised a set time on earth and none of us knows when we will give our last goodbye kiss or be called upon to do something heroic for someone else. There really are so many ways that we can choose to make the most of our “dash” if only we are aware. For me, I know that I will be consciously thinking about how I can add meaning to my life by being there in the moment for those I love and care about as well as doing for others that I don’t know well, or maybe even not at all. I will surely strive to do all I can to “Make Every Moment Matter and Live my Dash!”

In keeping with the gratitude theme I wrote about last month, I feel that November with its Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect time to give thanks to our amazing educational leaders! We are so lucky to have Rabbi Tachman and Cantorial Leader Ilana Axel to lead us in spiritual discussion and learning; whether it be during services, Torah Study (Saturday mornings at 9:00 am!), Lunch and Learn sessions, and so on! We are also extremely fortunate to have our amazing Religious School Co-Principals, Rokki Parrinello and Mandy Thalhammer, who bring their incredible energy and creative ideas every day! They expertly lead their staff of approximately 20 teachers all working to bring knowledge of Judaism, prayer and Israel to life for our children every Sunday and Tuesday! They are assisted by the Religious School Committee headed up by the dedicated, hardworking Sheryl Kier and Bonnie Vozar, as well as a host of committed members working to support these incredible programs! Many of our young children were/are lucky enough to get an early start as part of our Early Childhood Center (ECC), led so well by ECC Director Ellyn Weisz and her staff. What an exceptional opportunity they provide to set our children off on the right path with a love of Judaism and thirst for knowledge! When you see these women and men in the halls of Beth Tikvah, please stop and thank them for all they are doing to enhance and continue the future of our Jewish community!

I especially want to acknowledge three of our long-standing teachers who, while not teaching in the classroom this year, continue to find opportunities to share their talents with us all: Sue Schwartz, Milta Turner and Dianne Black. So many of our children have come through your classes and grown in many ways from their experience with you! Thank you for all you have done!

Beth Tikvah is also fortunate to have the Adult Education Committee led by Jeff Prosansky. This group of people is constantly looking for unique opportunities to expand our educational horizons whether that is via book club books, movies, or a variety of other learning sessions. Thank you for all that you are doing to enrich our minds!

We also cannot forget our own Library Ladies, Myrna Frankel and Carrol Gold, who have meticulously catalogued every book and movie we have in our lending library! Please stop by the library and check out a book of interest for yourself and/or your children.

Todah rabah Rabbi, Ilana, Rokki, Mandy, Ellyn, ALL of our wonderful teachers, the Religious School Committee, the Adult Education Committee and the Library Ladies, all of whom give so much of themselves and their time to inspire all of us to keep learning!

I am happy to announce that we have added a new committee to our active Beth Tikvah community: Welcome to the Tzedek Committee for Social Justice! This committee will be led by Ron Coppel and will be working to identify opportunities for Beth Tikvah to get involved in Social Justice activities that are meaningful to our community. We are looking to expand this committee and to meet with congregants to better understand what is important to them. The first project will be the “Love Thy Neighbor” campaign against hate. This campaign is currently in development. If you would like to be a part of this campaign and or committee, please reach out to Ron Coppel for more information.

“Ask the President” sessions begin November 12th. I will be on hand the second Sunday each month between 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the front lobby to meet with congregants, answer questions and just spend some quality time. Please come by, have a chat and a cup of coffee with me! I welcome your comments, questions, suggestions and most importantly your time! I look forward to seeing you there!

As you can see, we are certainly a thriving community with so much to do and to be grateful for! Have a fabulous month!

Warmly,
Terrie O’Day

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