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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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Social Action

Sat, Feb 24 - 6:30 pm

2018 Texas Chili Cook Off Theme: Texas Chili

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If you don't cook, we don't eat.

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In celebration of a fulfilling year of working together to help make a better world, join us in one of our favorite adult evenings. We share our accomplishments of the year and—fresh off our trip to Houston for our Hurricane Harvey Relief Mission—we reminisce. Take a break from wrestling cattle (or children, or dogs, or cats) and save time in your busy calendar for this fun night that funds Beth Tikvah’s Social Action projects.

The Cooking Contest

This event is a “cook-off” that encourages group effort, so if you don’t cook, we don’t eat! We need entrants for Chili, Un-chili (anything in a pot), and Dessert. But don’t be worried if you aren’t a gourmet cook. It’s all in good fun, and is more of a pot luck than “Iron Chef.” Of course, if you choose not to join in the cooking fun, just come and eat! Our judges, the Hoffman Estates Fire Department, will be sending their best taste testers. Register to cook online.

RSVP for Dinner

Reserve your dinner spot early by completing the online form and submitting your payment to the temple office, or complete and submit the paper form (if needed). This event usually sells out, so reserve a spot early! Tickets are $20 per person or $36 for a donation bigger than a ten gallon hat to help even more people.

The Proceeds Benefit…

The proceeds support charitable projects with local women’s & children’s shelters, food banks, homeless shelters in the city and suburbs, as well as our international relief projects. We regularly aid WINGS, The ARK, the Schaumburg Food Pantry, PADS, Bread of Life Food Pantry, Nechama, Israeli Defense Forces (and others), and most currently JUF/TOV Disaster Relief, the JUF Coat Drive, and Rahab’s Daughters.

It’s bound to be hot chili on a cold night, so wrestle up some vittles and join the fun!!

Donate! Please put all items in the Social Action Box.

Donate Toiletries for the Homeless: We are collecting: soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and small bags, purses, gym bags and backpacks. These items will go to a homeless shelter, those setting up new housing, and to the Night Ministry.

Donate New Socks for Veterans: We are collecting Black, Brown, Olive Green or Tan colored socks to send to the veterans serving. Never enough socks!

Hurricane Harvey Relief Mission to Houston

Rabbi Tachman, Ilene Kettering, Jamie Bartosch, Holly and Russ Yanaga and Juliet Shavitz were part of Beth Tikvah’s Congregation Hurricane Harvey Relief Mission to Houston, thanks to TOV and Nechama. Though the news media has moved on, the devastation in Houston remains. Over the course of three days, together with volunteers from around the country, we worked on three houses whose owners had no insurance. We took out ruined belongings, stripped drywall down to the studs, and brought it all to the curb, one ceremonious handful at a time. The Jewish Community has been hard hit and worries not only about their congregants and fellow friends, but also of the financial situations within their synagogues. Our hearts are with them and those still living in hotel rooms with the monumental task of rebuilding their homes in front of them. We would love to do more of these projects in the future, especially local ones to allow others to get involved and be a part of such meaningful work. Please let us know if you would like to be involved in more projects like this, near or far.

Thank you!

We give a big thanks to everyone who donated coats and clothes to the drive for Rahab’s Daughters, a rescue, rehabilitation ,and reintegration of survivors of trafficking - it was a very successful drive and the contributions are greatly appreciated by the recipients!

Donations Accepted

DONATE YOUR TOILETRIES and small bags and purses. We will present these bags and purses with the toiletries in them to a homeless shelter and those setting up new housing. Please put your items in the Social Action box.

Save the Date

Sign-up to Cook at our Texas Chili Cook-off on February 24th, or RSVP for Dinner! This is the only Fundraiser for the Social Action Committee as we have no budget. Get your taste buds ready!

Third Monday of the Month, 7:00 pm

Aug 21, Sept 18, Oct 16

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Come join our Beth Tikvah “Hookers” as we knit, crochet, or learn how and work on a simple crochet or knit project. If you have always wanted to learn how, we will provide all the materials you need for the project and instructors will be available to help you learn.

Read more: Beth Tikvah Hookers

By Dec 31 - Winter Clothes Drive for Women Victims of Human Trafficking

Rahabs DaughtersRahab's Daughters, a non-profit organization in Palatine that helps victims of Human Trafficking, is in great need of women and children's clothing as well as winter clothes for women including: jackets, sweaters, gloves, hats and other articles to help keep women warm.

Please bring items to Beth Tikvah from now through Sunday, December 31st.

Brown Bag Lunch SM WEBSunday, Nov 19 - Come help!

10:00 - 11:00 am make Brown Bag Lunches to donate to a local community food pantry, enabling the homeless to work more.

chefs kitchen WEB dreamstime l 11945757 11:00 - 5:00 pm - Tikvah Chefs initiative to feed people at a PADS location and to fill the Caring Community refrigerator.

Social Action Upcoming Events

03.18.2018 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tikvah Chefs (Social Action)
04.15.2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Brown Baggers (Social Action)
04.15.2018 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tikvah Chefs (Social Action)

Sunday Morning Baggers

Brown bag lunches enable the homeless to work.

Brown Bag Lunch SM

Many hungry people are unable to return to a shelter or soup kitchen throughout the day for a meal. This can be a significant barrier to employment. 

Social Action and onions??

Israel Onion Photo

While traveling through Israel this past June, our fellow Beth Tikvah members harvested 7000 pounds of onions in the fields of the Jezreel Valley for donation to needy families. 

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Social Action Chair,
Juliet Shavitz

Tikun Olam (Repairing the World)

Social Action is a cornerstone of Judaism, which is passionately embraced at Beth Tikvah Congregation. Sometimes very quietly, other times very loudly, the Congregation actively fulfills the commandment of “Tikun Olam” – repairing the world -- and practices G’milut Chasadim, doing deeds of loving kindness. Social Action is woven into the fabric of Beth Tikvah, with many different activities to participate in. These activities are guided by the Social Action Committee. Whether a member of the Committee, a participant in Social Action activities or both, those involved find the fulfillment of giving back and forming strong bonds, while together, “repairing the world”.

Feb 1, 2016 from Alexian Brothers: It was a wonderful surprise to receive the numerous bags filled with handmade fleece blankets each accompanied by a note of well wishes for a speedy recovery! Many of the blankets were given to children who spent the holiday season in the hospital.

Fleece Blanket Pile 2015

"I took a family with a 3-year old up to the Peds floor today. The child was sooo scared. He saw the dinosaur blanket that we made. Ran over and put his face to it. Dinosaurs are his favorites! Needless to say, I shed a few tears going back to my 'job'."

- Gayle Kopin, Beth Tikvah Social Action Committee

July 6, 2015 from Wings: Thank you so much. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a precious commodity for our women and children.

2014 from Wings: Thank you so much for the priceless gift of food.

 Wings Priceless Gift of Food

Gan Tikvah “Our Garden of Hope”

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Our second year of planting a community garden to provide fresh food for women and children in crisis in our community, as well as for our own congregants, when in need!

Tikvah Chefs

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Using fresh garden vegetables and donated ingredients, we cook one Sunday a month to provide an entire meal for a PADS homeless shelter, transport the food to the shelter, and help serve the guests. Additionally we cook monthly to provide our Caring Committee with food for our own families in need.

Food Drives

food drive bags

Each year during the High Holy Days the entire Congregation takes bags home during Rosh Hashanah and returns them full of Kosher and Non-Kosher food for the less fortunate. Food drives are also held throughout the year to aid local food pantries.

Tikvah Hookers


The third Monday of each month, the Tikvah Hookers create and donate their knit and crochet hats and blankets for Halos of Hope and the Linus Project.

Annual Blood Drive

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As the leaves fall, we team with LifeSource for our Annual Blood Drive.

Annual Coat Drive

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Every year, we sponsor a coat drive to donate to The ARK, an organization dedicated to helping Chicagoland Jews in times of need.

Annual Chili Cookoff

Chili Cookoff

For the last 18 years, our annual fund raiser has been The Chili Cookoff. It provides funds for all of our ongoing projects and helps us support a wide variety of organizations throughout the world.

Supporting Israel

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Through funds raised at the Chili Cookoff, we support Israel by donating to groups like American Friends of Magen David Adom, the IDF and JUF.