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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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Youth Groups

URJ Bienniel 2017Shalom from Boston! In December BeTTY went on an adventure to the east coast to attend URJ Biennial. This weekend was full of educational programs and events for all ages, from the youth to the elderly, from the clergy to the musicians, it was one big reformed community.

Programs consisted of social action based content, some special appearances from public figures such as Senator Warren, Fran Drescher, Dan Nichols, Josh Nelson, and Rabbi Rick Jacobs.

Outside of the convention itself, everyone got to meet up with old friends from NFTY, camp and various other communities as well as create new bonds with new friends.

For some of our fun excursions, BeTTY took on the city and headed out to a historic tour of Boston lead by our own Stacey Lysoivanov. We stopped at the Holocaust Memorial, Paul Revere’s house, The Old North Church and made a special tasty stop at Mike’s Pastry before heading back onto the MTA (which we did in fact return...poor Charlie).

Personally, my favorite part was the giant Shabbat Shira jam session lead by Dan Nichols and Josh Nelson. I've never had quite an experience like 6,000 Jews from all over the country singing songs that we've been singing our whole lives.

We've all had different but amazing experiences this weekend, so why not take some time to hear what our BeTTYites loved the most.

Megan Berger, BeTTY CVP

My two favorite experiences at Biennial were listening to Senator Elizabeth Warren speak and the Shabbat Shira session after Friday night services. When I first found out Senator Warren would be speaking at Biennial, I knew I needed to go. She is so influential in so many ways and gave a very moving speech. I also absolutely loved Shira because it was like Shabbat Shira at OSRUI only like multiply that by 10! It was so fun dancing and singing along to all of my favorite camp songs.” - Sarah Gruettner

“After not seeing my friends from Kutz for months and all of us being spread out throughout the country, I was finally reunited with many of them which was such an amazing feeling. We got to partipcate in a Beit Midrash program (a multitude of sessions surrounding one topic) which made the atmosphere feel like camp and allowed people who went to camp and who did not come together to learn and explore each other opinions as a community.” - Sarah Cohen

“As a previous camper at OSRUI, I have been to a lot of Shabbat shirim, and they have always been amazing, but nothing compared to my experience with shira this weekend. There is nothing like hearing 6,000 voices all jamming out with a ton of musicians on stage, including Dan Nichols, helping lead. It was unreal. I stood in the very front with friends and had the time of my life. This Shabbat Shira brought so many people, many who did not know each other before, together, and even Rabbi Rick Jacobs came out into crowd to dance with us, and of course I gave him a high five!” - Amanya Meir

“My favorite moment of Biennial was hearing Senator Warren’s speech. Her words were very inspirational and showed how deeply she cares about her work and how it can impact us.” - Lily Thalhammer

“On the last night of Biennial, Fran Drescher spoke and sent a wonderful message to all of Biennial about pride, community, family, Joy and more! During the program there was a song session filled with Chanukah songs, can you imagine 6,000 people singing together in one room? - It was awesome!” - Stacey Lysoivanov

Saturday, Nov 4, 6:00 pm @ BTC

Everyone is invited - including your family and friends - to our one and ONLY Annual Youth Fundraiser! We want to see you all there!

Theme: food from Around The World

spaghetti less dinner around the world WEB 21379114 1Adults (13+): $15 per person
Children (4-12 yrs old): $12 per person
Children (0-3 yrs old): Free!

50/50 raffle:
1 ticket for $2
3 tickets for $5
10 tickets for $15

Trivia contest: $2 per person

Please RSVP by November 1 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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youth group leaders

Youth Chairs
Brad Egel & Helen Kornick

Youth Leader
Stacey Lysoivanov (middle)

BeTTY Board 2017-18

  • President: Sarah Cohen
  • Programming VP: Lily Thalhammer
  • Social Action VP: Sarah Gruettner & Sydney Bakal
  • Religious & Cultural VP: Audrey Moos
  • Membership VP: Meghan Kier
  • Communications VP: Megan Berger

What's great fun, gathers high school friends from more that eight neighboring high schools, and has plenty of room for you?

BeTTY (Beth Tikvah Temple Youth) and they can't wait to welcome you! Ninth through twelfth grade members join together for fun, food, great friendships, social action service to the community, and the right mix of song and spiritual connection. TWEENS is for grades 6-8.

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Leadership Opportunities

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There's something for everyone to get involved in and to develop your leadership skills. Have you tried your hand at songleading? Or put your great ideas to work as you help organize and lead an event? Or why not take part in leading services?


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Through each year BeTTY brings us together from more than seven area high schools into a single close-knit BeTTY community!

Great Events

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Lock-Ins, Spaghettiless Dinners, Scavenger Hunts...Watch this page, Facebook, and stay in touch for upcoming events!

NFTY Chicago Area Region


Northwest Federation of Temple Youth - Chicago Area Region (NFTY-CAR) unites us with Jewish teens from high schools throughout the greater Chicagoland area,  BeTTY remains highly active in events, retreats, programs, and projects within and beyond our region.