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300 Hillcrest Blvd Hoffman Estates, IL 60169


Beth Tikvah Congregation

Our House of Hope

300 Hillcrest Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169  


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Adult Education


At our November 6th meeting we discussed Windy City Blues by author Renee Rosen. As part of Jewish Book Month, this book was first selected by the Spertus Institute as the One Book | One Community selection, in which a single book is the focus for the Chicago Jewish Community. The BTBC adopted it as our monthly choice and we are glad we did. The author lives in Chicago and the many references to locations we were familiar with made reading the book even more enjoyable. See the November JUF News for more information on the book and writer. Rated four matzo balls and a guitar pick.

For the last meeting of the year on December 4th, the book setting moves from Chicago to New York but we head to The Bagel atOld Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie for a 6:30 pm dinner. Come join us and RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we save you a seat and some brisket.

JoshuaOh yeah, and between bites we may even discuss the December book, Joshua: A Brooklyn Tale by Andrew Kane. “Andrew Kane’s encompassing novel addresses racism, bigotry, race relations, community relations, personal responsibility and love. The beautifully written novel flows quickly, and offers passionate, descriptive images of the racial tensions during the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s in New York.”  At this moment, the Kindle version is a bargain at $5.38, good condition used copies at $16-$17, new paperbacks at $19.95, and the audio book is $21.95.

boatrunnerWe take a break and don’t have a meeting in January, but are planning an exciting event for Monday, February 5th. The book selection is The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy. Devin is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Bradley University. His fiction has appeared in over 60 literary journals and anthologies. Oh, and Devin is a member of Beth Tikvah and will be our special guest at the meeting. More details to follow.

Meeting are at the temple the first Monday of the month at 7:00 pm, unless moved due to holiday conflicts.

Want in on the awesome power of the book club’s ordering machine? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to order a copy of any of these books. Or go to and set the temple up as the recipient of Amazon’s charitable contribution on anything you order yourself.

Steve Kleinman - Group Bookie

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We have put our children’s fall holiday book collection on the cart in the library. We have books dedicated to Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and general holiday themes. As we were assembling these books, the library ladies noticed how few, how old, and how outdated our children’s collection is. There are ample books on Chanukah and Passover, but the collection for other holidays needs updating. We are not professional librarians and so do not have access to information about appropriate and interesting children’s books. We are now open to donations, (with the right of accepting) children’s books. We are already subscribing to the JUF/PJLibrarychicago book series, so we are looking for books from other sources. And our library is not just for children. So, adults, please browse while your child is in religious school and take advantage of our offerings.

2017 Lunch and Learn WEB dreamstime m 19607491 1Back by popular demand, starting October 19,  Rabbi Taron Tachman will be leading one-hour study sessions on the third Thursday of every month, from 12:00-1:00pm, October through May. This year the focus will be Jewish Ethics in our Everyday World.   There is no cost for this program, though participants are asked to bring a lunch that does not need to be warmed up. If you would like to join this class, please email Rabbi Tachman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Adult Education Upcoming Events

11.25.2017 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Torah Study
11.27.2017 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Searchers meeting
12.02.2017 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.