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300 Hillcrest Blvd Hoffman Estates, IL 60169


Beth Tikvah Congregation

Our House of Hope

Early Childhood Center (ECC)

300 Hillcrest Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169  


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Social Action

Aug 10 - Supplies Due

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Some immigrant children separated from their parents at the border are being cared for at the Des Plaines, Illinois-based child-care organization Maryville Academy.

Maryville also has facilities throughout northeastern Illinois, and has confirmed that they can use the items below. This collection will also go to children who have arrived in the United States from other countries without an adult. Thank you for donating!

Items Needed:

  • Backpacks and Duffle Bags for travel - Used backpacks accepted!
  • Gym shoes (women 4-7) (men 6-10)
  • Socks
  • Underwear – boys and girls
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Toiletries
  • Small Spanish books and Spanish Bibles
  • Journals, spiral notebooks, pens, and pencils
  • Small blankets

Please bring donations to BTC by, Aug 10.
They will be assembled on Aug 19 at the Picnic.

Sunday, May 20, 9:30-11:30 am 

Gan Tikvah - Our Garden of Hope

Spring is here and so is an opportunity to help with Gan Tikvah: Our Garden of Hope. As we have done in prior years, all the vegetables we grow will be donated to WINGS and other local food pantries. Our food feeds many who otherwise would not have fresh vegetables in the summer months.

We will be planting our garden on Sunday, May 20th between 9:30-11:30 am. After then, we will only need a small amount of time to water the garden on Tuesdays and Thursdays and to harvest on Sundays. You don't need experience as we will have signs and reminders to help you along. This is a great family activity as well. No hands are too small to join us.

And as a special treat, July 15 is our second annual worm planting day. This is a wonderful way to teach our children how worms make our ground fertile and our garden grow.

Please use the Sign Up Genius to let us know when you can help out.

Becky Fiedler

Sunday, May 13, 9:30 am

Merice Washer WEBCome join Beth Tikvah as we celebrate the service and dedication of Merice Washer and rename the Gan Tikvah in her honor. Merice was a driving force behind the inception and development of this amazing endeavor. We will be unveiling new signage and a special bench in her honor. We hope that you will be able to join us and celebrate in Merice's honor.

Sunday, April 29

60th Mitzvah Day LogoBeth Tikvah means Our House of Hope. What do we hope for? We can hope for happiness, for health, for prosperity. We can hope for a better life for ourselves and those around us. We can hope that our lives have meaning. Yet, we know that hope alone does not bringour wishes to fruition.


Judaism teaches us that we are each responsible for tikkun olam - repair of the world (Social Action). To repair our world and make our hopes come true, we are obligated to perform mitzvahs. And so on Sunday, April 29​, we will come together to fulfill our obligation during in Beth Tikvah’s 60th Anniversary Mitzvah Day​.

For Religious School students with their families, and performing these Mitzvahs together, this is their religious education for the day. Please note: this is not a drop off day. This is a family day!

Please sign-up for some of the following:

  • Morning projects at Beth Tikvah are to be rotated approximately every 20 minutes, as your family chooses. Please select at least 3 for planning purposes. You may do all the projects if you wish.
  • Lunch will be provided if you will be staying for the afternoon; please sign-up so we can be sure to have enough food.

Off-Site Mitzvah Excursions must be signed-up for ahead of time. These are designed for those in Grades 6-12 with their families. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


Brown Bag Lunch SM WEBSunday, April 15 - Come help!

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

1:00 - 5:00 pm - Tikvah Chefs initiative to feed people at a PADS location and to fill the Caring Community refrigerator.

Social Action Upcoming Events

26 Aug
Gan Tikvah harvest, weed and water
08.26.2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Gan Tikvah Sign-up - sign up to help water and weed the Merice Washer Memorial Garden located north of the parking lot
2 Sep
Gan Tikvah harvest, weed and water
09.02.2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Gan Tikvah Sign-up - sign up to help water and weed the Merice Washer Memorial Garden located north of the parking lot
9 Sep
Gan Tikvah harvest, weed and water
09.09.2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Gan Tikvah Sign-up - sign up to help water and weed the Merice Washer Memorial Garden located north of the parking lot

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??

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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

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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.