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Beth Tikvah Congregation

Our House of Hope

300 Hillcrest Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169  


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Religious School


Passover Begins

We aren’t sure at your houses but despite each of us keeping different homes, one Kosher and one not so Kosher, Passover REALLY begins when we drag out the Pesach recipes, open the bins of dishes and pots and pans, appliances and utensils. It’s the annual family trek, our minhag, of driving to the “Jewish” neighborhood to shop for EVERYTHING we really NEED to enjoy Passover. For us it is about making the memories, creating our story, enjoying the traditions, and building the foundation of Judaism for our children.

While it is the same procedure that we follow each and every year during passover, (after all seder does mean order), in many ways we take our Jewish past as well as our family memories and continually rewrite them. We add new meaning, experiences, traditions, recipes, and memories each year. Yet the one thing that remains consistent for each of us is that it is a time in our lives when we are given the opportunity to start anew and continue to write our personal stories.

Rabbi Judith Beiner suggests adding creative songs, an orange on the seder plate, Miriam’s Cup, impactful readings about modern slavery and conversations about current plagues as opportunities to renew your seder. Another way to experience renewal at your Passover seder this year is to invite new friends to your seder table. Often times, our seder tables include the same faces each year. We challenge you to extend an invite to a fellow congregant. Our Passover tables also give us the opportunity to renew old friendships and pick up where we last left off.

The Haggadah remains a consistent component at each of our Passover Seders. The haggadah asks us yearly to consider our past as Jews and how this may impact the way we live our lives. The freedom that we celebrate on Passover is the great gift of self-awareness and the potential for self-actualization. In spite of growing older every year, we become new again, as individuals, as a congregation and as an entire people.

May your joyous celebration of Pesach inspire renewal in others and bless each of us in the year to come.

Chag Sameach.

Important Religious School Dates for March:

Mar 2 Fri Fourth & Fifth Grade Shabbat Service
Mar 4 Sun Ruach Day for Religious School
Mar 27 Tue No School Spring Break
Mar 30 Fri First Passover Seder

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Are you worried your child(ren) will run off with this motley crew?

Lost Boys

Or THIS one???

BTC Crew

Either way we do hope that the lessons our crew teaches your little buccaneers brings them many happy adventures!

The Crew

  1. Believe in Yourself
  2. Real Heroes Are Honorable and Fair, No Matter What
  3. Don’t Sleep Through the Fun in Life
  4. Be Sure to See the Magic Around You

As the story of Peter Pan teaches us, there are adventures awaiting us at every corner of life. It is up to us to keep an open mind and open heart to ensure that we do not accidentally miss the opportunities around us.

Important Religious School Dates for February:

Feb 2 Fri Second & Third Grade Shabbat Service
Feb 4 Sun Ruach Day for Religious School

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Religious School Upcoming Events

03.18.2018 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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03.20.2018 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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03.25.2018 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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03.25.2018 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Beit T'Filah - Led by BeTTY

2017-18 Religious School Forms

Rokki Parrinello & 
Mandy Thalhammer
847-885-4545 x104

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Religious School Parent
Committee Co-Chairs
Sheryl Kier & Bonnie Vozar

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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