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Beth Tikvah Congregation

Our House of Hope

300 Hillcrest Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169  


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Religious School


Dec 10 - Barnes & Noble and Fuddruckers Fundraisers

Barnes & Noble - Song Fest and Story

barnes and noble logo png 100 e3566d865056b3a e3566edd 5056 b3a8 4933cdec13b97bbd 1At 2:00 pm, join Kolan in song and Rabbi Tachman as he reads a story about Chanukah. All items purchased at the Barnes & Noble in SchaumburgNoble in Schaumburg with the attached flyer will have 20% donated to Beth Tikvah.

Fuddruckers - Burgers for Benefits

Fuddruckers logoHave lunch before you head over to Barnes & Noble (11am-2pm). Just bring this flyer with you. A percent of your bill is donated to the Religious School.

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Summer Fun In the Sun

Yes, we know, we know Fall has just begun and here we are already talking about summer! But really, who doesn’t love summer? For so many of our children summer time is THEIR time. It’s the time that they get to truly connect with other Jewish children from all over the United states in an environment that is special and they just get to be Jewish. They have the experience of a lifetime when they are actively engaged in summer camp activities with a Jewish twist. Summer is the time when our kids make memories and build friendships that will last a lifetime.

On November 5th, Susan Alexander, the Associate Director of OSRUI will be spending the day at Beth Tikvah’s Religious School. She will be sharing the many different amazing opportunities OSRUI has to offer our children throughout the summer. During her day with us, Susan will be engaging our younger students and their families in camp-like activities and songs, and will be sharing the joys of summer at OSRUI during her presentation. She will also be speaking with our Teens and Tweens about the programs camp has to offer our older students as well as camp staff opportunities. We will be serving snacks to all families that attend. Susan will be meeting with the older students and their families from 10:30-11:00. After that, she will be meeting our 2nd -5th grade families from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm.

While our affiliation with URJ camps (OSRUI being one of them) is very strong, we are well aware that there are many wonderful summer camp programs that are available to Jewish children. The decision to send your child to camp is a meaningful one. Whatever choice you make is one that will make lasting impressions and memories.

Important Religious School Dates for November:

Nov 3 Fri Gesher L'Kesher Shabbat Service
Nov 5 Sun Ruach Day (Spirit Wear)
OSRUI Visit - Susan Alexander
Family Education - 5th Grade
Nov 12 Sun Family Education - 3rd Grade
Nov 19 Sun Family Education - PreK
Nov 21 Tue No Religious School - Thanksgiving Break
Nov 26 Sun No Religious School - Thanksgiving Break

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Above all we take pride in the education of our children.

- Josephus

Religious school penny wars 2Beth Tikvah Congregation’s Religious School seeks to provide a Jewish education to our students in concert with their parents. This education includes Jewish history, writings, Hebrew language, liturgy, practices, ritual, culture, values and beliefs. We strive to create an inclusive environment that promotes a positive Jewish identity, a means to connect to the Jewish people and a commitment to lifelong learning and Jewish practices.

Religious School Schedule


9:00am-11:30am: Grades PreK-5

10:30am-1:00pm: Grades 6-12


5:00pm-7:00pm: Grades 2-5

6:30pm-8:30pm: Grades 6-7

Gesher Lekesher: Gr. 8-12

6:15pm-6:45pm: Optional Dinner

6:45p-7:30pm: Religious School

6:45pm-8:30pm: Optional Hebrew 

7th Graders Get “Married”

By Jamie Bartosch

Mazel Tov! For more than 30 years, Beth Tikvah Sunday School teacher Scott Meyer has hosted a mock Jewish wedding in his 7th grade class, complete with a matchmaker, a ketubah, the breaking of a glass, and many other traditions.  

The small class of eight students learned about - and then re-enacted - a traditional Jewish wedding as it would have been in a Russian shtetl in the early 1900s.

“Experiencing things makes a huge difference,” Meyer said. “When I talk to former students now, they still remember that mock wedding we did. It evidently made a huge impression.”

RS mock wedding 2016 WEBThis year’s wedding certainly did. It began with each student adopting a character and taking on a job – one was a matchmaker, one was a rabbi, and others were various people in the shtetl. They filled out anonymous profiles of their likes and beliefs, and based on that, the “matchmaker” chose a bride and a groom. No one knew who was getting married until the actual wedding day – which was sometimes the case in the pre-arranged Jewish marriages.

Meyer taught the students about other traditions, such as separating the men and women, putting a veil over the bride’s face, a wedding ring for the bride only, and the bride circling the groom seven times. They also watched and discussed wedding scenes from the movies, “Fiddler on the Roof” and "The Devil’s Arithmetic.”

On the big day, the students had to ad-lib a little. Since there is no chuppah at Beth Tikvah, they held a tallit over the head of the bride and groom during the ceremony, which was sometimes done in traditional Jewish weddings. They smashed a plastic glass, rather than a glass one. The ceremony concluded with cake, and an attempt to lift the bride and groom up in their chairs. The students unanimously agreed: “It was fun!”

Religious School Overview

  • All grades include art, projects, field trips, Hebrew and prayer services
  • All grades include Family Education Programs
  • Grades Pre-K - 3 also include music
  • Grades 5-12 include yearly retreats
  • Grades 8-12 have optional Hebrew language classesPublic High School foreign language credit (Hebrew) is available and recognized by local school districts and the State of Illinois.
  • Youth Group Activities for Tweens and Teens
  • Celebrating Milestones: Consecration, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation and High School Graduation
  • Parental involvement is highly encouraged through the Religious School Committee and Sisterhood volunteer opportunities

Primary (Pre-K-3)

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  • Pre-kindergarten students should be three by September 1st of current school year, and should be potty trained.
  • Grades Pre-K through 3 students meet Sundays from 9:00-11:30 am.
  • Grades 2 and 3 also meet Tuesday from 5:00-7:00 pm.
  • All students attend worship services on Sunday mornings.
  • Judaic concepts are introduced and explored through developmentally appropriate instructional practices, and students will be introduced to some basic Hebrew through song, stories, and teacher modeling.
  • Emphasis on developing Jewish identity and a positive attitude toward Judaism.
  • Subject matter includes Jewish holidays, Bible stories, synagogue, Avodah (the work we do for God), G’milut Chasadim (acts of kindness), family and Jewish values.
  • Activities include storytelling, discussion, arts and crafts, dramatizations, singing, dancing, listening and watching to multimedia presentations and group games.
  • Introduction to Hebrew
  • Consecration for kindergarten students

Intermediate (4-7)

  • Grades 4 & 5: Sundays 9:00-11:30 am, and Tuesdays 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Grades 6 & 7: Sundays 10:30 am - 1:00 pm, and Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 pm
  • The Judaics and Bible curricula at each grade level are appropriate to the developmental stages of each grade, and focus on different areas each year.
    • On Sundays students study both Judaics and Hebrew, and a worship service.
    • On Tuesdays students study Bible and Hebrew.
  • While some Hebrew is incorporated into both Judaics and Bible study, focused Modern Hebrew language instruction occurs twice weekly.
  • In older grades, students are placed in Hebrew class by ability.
  • There is a continued emphasis on promoting Jewish identity.
  • Computers and special software are available to enhance learning.
  • Youth Group participation is available from Grades 5 and above
  • Bar or Bat Mitzvah in Grade 7 or 8

Gesher Lekesher (8-12)

  • Meets Sundays from 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • AND Tuesdays:
    • 6:15 - 6:45 pm - Gesher Lekesher Dinner
    • 6:45 - 7:30 pm - Non-Hebrew Option
    • 6:45 - 8:30 pm - Hebrew Option
  • religious school Confirmation trip to DCGesher Lekesher Dinner includes the opportunity for students to dine with the Rabbi. 
  • Non-Hebrew Option: For students who wish to continue their Jewish studies (Judaics, Torah Study & Academy) without the requirement of taking Hebrew. Students who participate in the Non-Hebrew Option may attend on either Sunday or Tuesday or both days.
    • An additional nominal fee of $55 per student per year will be charged to help defray the cost of the food (approximately 30 sessions).
    • And, the parent requirement is that they bring dessert and help with kitchen clean-up once during the school year.
  • Hebrew Option: Students will continue their Jewish Studies (Judaics and Academy) and their Hebrew education. Students who participate in the Hebrew Option are required to attend on both Sundays and Tuesdays. Students take a Hebrew assessment and are placed in multigrade classes based on their assessments and current ability level in Hebrew.
  • Hebrew for High School Credit: Students interested in receiving high school credit for Hebrew studies may be eligible provided their school accepts this credit. Additionally, they must meet the minimum requirements of 80% attendance, and earn a passing grade of a C+ or higher.
  • Grades 8-12 Curriculum includes:
    • Hebrew language through Biblical texts and liturgy
    • Jewish Philosophy
    • Israeli Culture and History
    • Ethics & Jewish Values
    • Hebrew Grammar and Contemporary Conversational Hebrew,
    • Jewish Current Events
    • Worship Leadership Training & Torah Study
    • Discussion and activity groups emphasize learning and socialization.
    • Opportunities for leadership responsibilities, volunteering (community service), or employment as Teacher’s Assistants
  • Grade 10 Confirmation
  • Grade 12 Graduation

Parental Involvement

Sign up now to be a Religious School Parent Volunteer.

Beth Tikvah Religious School seeks education volunteers who will work with students in classroom activities on Sundays and/or Tuesdays.  

Please consider enriching your child’s educational experience by filling one or more of these roles!

  • Room parents for each grade
  • Staff for religious school office
  • Sisterhood holiday programming volunteer during religious school hours
  • Religious school committee member
  • Education volunteer in the classroom