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Beth Tikvah Congregation

Our House of Hope

300 Hillcrest Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169  


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Beth Tikvah Library

beach books WEB SQ dreamstime l 69538227The Beth Tikvah Library is open all summer, so if you are looking for an interesting and/or instructional read, please check us (and a book) out. We have gathered some of our fascinating reading and displayed these books on the books cart. Have a great summer!

Carrol and Myrna

Diary of Anne FrankIt is incumbent upon each of us to be aware of the Holocaust. We have our temple’s Yom Hashoah observance on Sunday, April 23, but more than attending, we should be aware of the conditions that brought about such inhumanity to so many. The temple library has a marvelous collection of books on the Holocaust - both adult and children’s; fiction and non-fiction. Our books suitable for older children will be on the book cart. Several books from our outstanding collection will be the library shelf marked “Featured this Month.” Our Holocaust books are at catalogue # 940. Please stop and browse these informative books.

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Calling adults and children of all ages. Check out our books on Passover which are on the cart in the library. There are many interesting stories and explanations of  our Passover celebrations. If you missed Purim and want still want to have stories about it, our Purim collection is on the cart also.

One of the problems with trying to shelve our library books is that we take the time to actually look into them and become lost in the many fascinating volumes that are there. Chagall, Modigliani and many Jewish artists are featured in our Jewish art collection found at catalog # 745. At #746 are gorgeous art books on Israel with stunning photography and drawings.  Stop by to even just browse these beautiful (and heavy) books.

Our library is a wonderful resource. Please come in and check it out.

Thank you,

Carrol and Myrna

Strong Jewish Women JECu icon womenIn the February Tikvahite Ilana spoke so eloquently about the bus full of women and children that went to Washington, D.C. This endeavor built on a long history of strong Jewish women standing up and making a difference. Check out the collection of Jewish women’s stories at catalogue # 396. Feel free to check out a book, but be sure to leave the book card at the librarian’s desk.

Each time we work to organize a section of the library, we get bogged down by thumbing through many of the books. There is a great collection of Jewish cookbooks, vegetarian, kosher, Chinese, Passover, dessert, etc. It is worth a stretch to find them in the far right corner on the bottom two shelves.

Carrol and Myrna

Are you looking for “Jews of Chicago” by Irving Cutler, the Debbie Friedman “Renewal of Spirit” CD, or a foam puzzle map of Jerusalem? Or just a really good book to read? Need something for a book report? Then stop by the Beth Tikvah library. Our library surpasses the public libraries in Judaic content.

Jewish Chicago Irving Cutler    Renewal of Spirit CD by Debbie Friedman  Foam puzzle of Israel

The library is located at the back of the sanctuary in the center of the building.

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Hours & After Hours

So-many books so little time

Library Hours:

Tuesday 5:00pm-8:00pm
during religious school

Sunday 9:00am -1:00pm 
during religious school

To use the library at other times, please follow the simple instructions on the librarian's desk for self-checkout of materials.

Library Co-Chairs,
Myrna Frankel

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& Carrol Gold

Consider volunteering for the Library Committee. We welcome your suggestions.

Whether you're carpooling to Religious School, and need appropriate theme music CDs like "Lots of Latkes" or the Aleph Bet song, or you're looking for a great read with a Jewish connection, the Beth Tikvah Library hosts thousands of materials in both English and Hebrew.

The Library provides access to Judaica materials relevant to our entire congregation. Materials include books, periodicals, videos, CD’s and DVD’s in Hebrew and English. The Library hopes to stimulate the study of Judaism and its history and practices as well as its relevance to daily life through a comfortable and supportive environment.

Library Wish List

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Help us grow our library collection with items from our Wish List or more.

  • Donate to the congregation's Library Fund to honor or remember a special person or event. 
  • Contribute with a leaf in your child's name to the Children's Library Tree.
  • Make a Bar/Bat Mitzvah special with centerpieces of books to donate after the party.

What You'll Find

Where true magic hides

Don't let the magic stay hidden in the library! Check out Jewish books, CDs, videos, and more.

Some current titles include:

  • "Kosher Cajun Cookbook" (adult)
  • "Naomi's Song" (teen)
  • "Mrs. Katz and Tush" (children)
  • CDs by Itzhak Perlman
  • Videos such as Shalom Sesame
  • View Current Collection Highlights

Check These Out!

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Items may be checked out for 2 weeks at a time.

  1. Take the card from the item, write your full name and the date on it.
  2. Put card on the library desk, or in wooden card box on library desk.
  3. To return an item, place in book return box just outside the library doors.
  4. Beyond two weeks, an overdue notice will be sent requesting return of the item.
  5. You can extend the loan for an additional two weeks.
  6. If item is not returned, there will be a charge for replacement value of the lost item.