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Beth Tikvah Congregation

Our House of Hope

300 Hillcrest Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169  


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Adult Education

Officer and a SpyOn July 10, the Beth Tikvah Book Club had our largest meeting turnout in our seven year existence with 16 participants. We talked out this month’s book, “An Officer and a Spy” by Robert Harris. This story was about the infamous Dreyfus affair told as a novel of conspiracy and espionage. Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer was sentenced to life imprisonment and stripped of his rank in front of a crowd of twenty-thousand people with much anti-Semitism on display. The book’s protagonist, Georges Picquart, was recently promoted to head the counterespionage agency that "proved" Dreyfus had passed secrets to the Germans. Picquart quickly learns that the conviction was false and there is still a spy at large in the French military. At significant risk to his position and even his life, Picquart works to prove Dreyfus is innocent. We award the book 4 matzo balls and a crepe. Oui, Oui! 

Read more: July, Aug. & Sept. Books

jazz palaceFor June 5th, retreat to your listening room and absorb The Jazz Palace by Mary Morris. In the midst of boomtown Chicago, two Jewish families have suffered terrible blows. The Lehrmans lost their beloved son Harold in a blizzard. The Chimbrovas lost three of their boys on the SS Eastland when it sank in 1915. Each family holds out hope that one of their remaining children will rise to carry on the family business. But Benny Lehrman has no interest in making hats. At night, he sneaks down to the South Side, slipping into predominantly black clubs to hear jazz groups play.

officer and spyFor July 10th, we delve into An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris. This is historical fiction about the infamous Dreyfus affair told as a chillingly dark, hard-edged novel of conspiracy and espionage.



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Wednesday, May 24, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

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Space is limited to 50 people from each congregation

Please join us at Holy Family for the fourth joint educational/sharing meeting between Beth Tikvah and Holy Family. The objective is to share information on topics of mutual interest and creating friendships. There will be a brief introduction and welcome discussion on what will follow.

Discussion facilitated by Rabbi Taron Tachman and Fr. Terry Keehan.

Jewish Catholic Dialogue

Holy Family has been truly marvelous and gracious to us in allowing the use of their facilities for our High Holy Day services. They have expressed a keen interest in continuing getting to know us better as well as our being very interested in getting to know them better. They are very excited about joining us for a third friendly, informal, and informative get together.

Adult Education Upcoming Events

09.23.2017 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Torah Study
10.02.2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Book Club
10.07.2017 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Torah Study

Book Club Reading List

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Adult Education Chairperson, Jeff Prosansky

Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?

- Erich Fromm

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The study of sacred texts connects us with God and to others, enriches spiritual and educational growth, and helps us to live at our best. Lifelong learning opportunities include weekly Torah study and other learning sessions with Rabbi, Book Club, Abraham Salons, Adult B'nai Mitzvah, movies and discussion, guest lectures, educational outings and more.

Torah Study


Our clergy leads torah study most Saturdays from 9:00-10:00 am. No prior experience is needed; the sessions are not cumulative. Participants are never put on the spot. Coffee is served along with meaningful conversations, wonderful people, laughter, questions, answers, and a few “aha!” moments.

Abraham Salons

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Suggested by author Bruce Feiler in his book, Abraham, the Salons are a gathering of Jews, Christians and Muslims for an evening of topical interfaith discussions in the spirit of our common heritage. Abraham Salons trace all of us back to Abraham and the love of one God.

The purpose of the gatherings are to develop an understanding of other faiths, overcome obstacles to accepting people with different faith journeys, make new friends in our diverse communities, and take the opportunity to visit a church or mosque. More information is at

Beth Tikvah Book Club

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The Beth Tikvah Book Club, sponsored by Adult Education, meets at 7:00pm on the first Monday of each month in the Temple, adjusted for holidays. We have for a lively discussion of a book we’ve selected and read. The chosen books have a connection to Judaism, and may be historical, cultural, fictional, or non-fiction. Members suggest the books, with the ideas coming from best sellers lists, online reviews, and personal experience. Books can be found at your local library, downloaded to your eReader, or purchased online using the awesome buying power of our group.

In our 9 year history, we have read over 80 books – some exceptionally good; others not so wonderful, and many of the books are in the Beth Tikvah library. We also plan occasional special events including movies and dinners that relate to the book we are reading. Questions or want to join? Email

Empowering Lifelong Learning

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Beth Tikvah prides itself on a rich lifelong learning menu of intergenerational, interdenominational, multimedia learning opportunities. 


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Movies serve as great entertainment and as a wonderful springboard for discussion and learning.  

The Adult Education Committee creates opportunities for learning through this rich media tradition.


"Tool Up" for Repairing the World!

2013 Scholar in Residence through the Damlich-Splansky Fund

Rabbi Joel Soffin

Rabbi Joel Soffin

A life-long social activist addressing the needs of the poor and the vulnerable in many places around the world, provided deep knowledge, powerful strategies, and continues to provide unparalled inspiration for Beth Tikvah Social Action project implementation.