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Beth Tikvah Congregation

Our House of Hope

Early Childhood Center (ECC)

300 Hillcrest Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169  

847-885-4545

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Religious School

01
May
2018

Graduation 2018

We are thrilled to announce our graduating class of 2018! Our amazing seniors have brought such energy and joy to Beth Tikvah’s religious school. We will miss them all terribly!

The upcoming year will be exciting for our seniors! Check out their plans for next year and some memorable moments!

Brody AdelmanBrody Adelman is actually a Junior this year at Schaumburg High School but was placed with the seniors years ago and has stuck with this amazing class! He will be spending one more year at SHS. His best memory was running up the down escalator on the D.C. trip and getting a dirty look from Rokki!

Syd BakalSyd Bakal will be attending Yale University next year and plans on studying Ethics, Politics, and Economics. While in D.C. her group waited in line for 2 hours for D.C. cupcakes. Though the cupcakes were good and the Confirmands saw the original founders, what made the wait worthwhile was huddling together for warmth, making jokes, and telling stories together.

Louise HarrisonLouise Harrison is going to Grand Valley State University to study speech/language pathology. On the way to Israel for the Ta’am Syd, Hannah, and Louise got separated. It was really late at night when Louise got to the hotel room and she thought she was staying with people she didn’t know as they pretended to be sleeping. Suddenly Hannah and Syd jumped up and scared her! She was really glad to be on such an amazing trip with them.

Meghan KierMeghan Kier is headed to Drake University to study pre-law and biology. The many sleepovers throughout the years filled with tons of memories AND clawing Hannah’s leg on Raging Bull at Six Flags due to her fear of heights!

Gavin McMullenGavin McMullen plans to start local at Harper College and transfer to IIT where he will study Biomedical Engineering. While in D.C. being together in a place where there are a “whole lotta Jews” was specifically memorable for Gavin.

Hannah ParrinelloHannah Parrinello will be going to Western Michigan University and plans on studying psychology. During the girls sleepovers all the girls got to hang out. During that time she feels like she became so much closer with all of the girls because of those opportunities.

Parker ParrinelloParker Parrinello plans on going to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to study Biomedical Engineering. His greatest memory is the entire Washington D.C. trip!

Samantha SohnSamantha Sohn is going to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and plans on studying Business Marketing. Her most memorable moment comes from last year when she and Hannah made the winter Mitzvah tree on the principal’s office door. They used pillow fluff as snow… and let’s just say it took MUCH longer than it should have!

Levi WoernerLevi Woerner is still in the process of deciding on a school. He plans on studying physics. One thing that has really stuck with him are the rainbow bagels that Vicki Lachmann brought in for breakfast-YUM!

Important Religious School Dates for May:

May 4 Fri PreK, K, 1st Grade Shabbat Service and Dinner
May 6 Sun Ruach Day for Religious School
Closing day (Sunday Sessions)
May 8 Tue Closing day (Evening Sessions)
May 19 Fri Confirmation Shabbat Service and Dinner

We are certain you would like your child(ren) to be part of a graduating class as well! Please be sure you register your child(ren) for religious school for the 2018-2019 school year. Opening Day is Sunday, September 16th.

Categories: Religious School

02
April
2018

60th Anniversary Mitzvah Day

Sunday, April 29

60th Mitzvah Day LogoBeth Tikvah means Our House of Hope. What do we hope for? We can hope for happiness, for health, for prosperity. We can hope for a better life for ourselves and those around us. We can hope that our lives have meaning. Yet, we know that hope alone does not bring our wishes to fruition.

Judaism teaches us that we are each responsible for tikkun olam - repair of the world (Social Action). To repair our world and make our hopes come true, we are obligated to perform mitzvahs. And so on Sunday, April 29​, we will come together to fulfill our obligation during in Beth Tikvah’s 60th Anniversary Mitzvah Day​.

For Religious School students with their families, and performing these Mitzvahs together, this is their religious education for the day. Please note: this is not a drop off day. This is a family day!

Please sign-up for some of the following:

  • Morning projects at Beth Tikvah are to be rotated approximately every 20 minutes, as your family chooses. Please select at least 3 for planning purposes. You may do all the projects if you wish.
  • Lunch will be provided if you will be staying for the afternoon; please sign-up so we can be sure to have enough food.
  • Off-Site Mitzvah Excursions must be signed-up for ahead of time. These are designed for those in Grades 6-12 with their families. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Religious School Upcoming Events

19Aug
08.19.2018 9:00 am - 10:45 am
Religious School Committee Meeting
16Sep
09.16.2018 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Religious School- Opening Day- Ruach Day
23Sep
09.23.2018 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Religious School
23Sep
09.23.2018 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Kindergarten Family Education

2018-2019 Registration

Complete BOTH FORMS

Register now to ensures we have adequate staffing in the fall. 

NO DEPOSIT is needed this year.

REGISTER EACH STUDENT

SUBMIT FAMILY INFO

Religious School Sign Up

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

Rokki Mandy

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

religiousschoolchair@beth-tikvah.org

sheryl kierbonnie vozar

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

Sundays

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

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

Tuesdays

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