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Beth Tikvah Congregation

Our House of Hope

300 Hillcrest Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169  

847-885-4545

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Religious School

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May
2017

May Is Here

May is here. May is here? This means that some wonderfully exciting events will be occurring for our Religious School students and families.

Registration for the 2017-2018 Religious School is open! A table for registration can be found in the front lobby.

On Friday, May 5th we will be formally graduating a dynamic group of students who will be truly be missed! Consider joining in the festivities and attending the service to hear why these students have chosen to remain in Religious School through 12th Grade. With each year that goes by we feel so fortunate to have the true pleasure of watching our students grow and change from young children into confident young adults.

Sunday, May 14th is our annual Parent’s Day Service. The service will be held from 10:30-11:30 am. It is a beautiful time set aside to be with your family. During the service we will also be honoring our wonderful Religious School Volunteers. Please be sure to join us as this is also the last day of Religious School.

As we lose one group of student leaders, Rabbi Tachman will be confirming our 10th graders on Friday, May 19th. This is always an interesting service as the students share what they have discussed throughout the year with Rabbi and the discoveries about our faith, who they are as Jews, and what they believe.

The first day of Religious School for the 2017-2018 school year is Sunday, September 10, 2017. Please look for information over the summer regarding any special scheduling for opening day.

Thank you for a wonderful year!

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Co-Principals
Rokki Parrinello & 
Mandy Thalhammer
Educator@beth-tikvah.org
847-885-4545 x104

Rokki Mandy

Religious School Parent
Committee Co-Chairs
Sheryl Kier & Jody Egel

religiousschoolchair@beth-tikvah.org

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Teachers & Contact Info

2016-17 Religious School Calendar at a Glance

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.

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