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Beth Tikvah Congregation

Our House of Hope

300 Hillcrest Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169  


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Religious School


Jewish Resolutions

As we enter 2018 it is an opportune time for us to look forward with our children into the upcoming year and create some Jewish resolutions for the secular new year. What a great time to look forward to the New Year and all that 2018 has to offer through a Jewish lens!

Commit to finding one new observance that your family can honor - Light Shabbat candles each week; say Hamotzi before dinner each night; celebrate a new holiday each month; study something new about Judaism each month!

Make a commitment to tikkun olam (repairing the world/social justice) - Donate your time to feed the hungry at a soup kitchen; donate items to those in need; collect loose change and donate to a meaningful cause.

Strengthen your relationship with Beth Tikvah - Join a new committee; spend time in the building and make connections with new people; invite your grade level to an outing; attend a grade level Shabbat dinner

Focus on health and wellness - Jewish tradition commands us to respect our bodies and to strive for health as a means of honoring our relationship to God. For us to continue to give to others, we need to take time to care for ourselves. Much like the traditional secular resolutions we make, commit to taking time to take care of yourself this new year. It might even be more motivating and a lot more fun to invite a member of Beth Tikvah to join you.

Experiment with Jewish cooking - Food is a terrific way to connect with our heritage, our culture, and our community. Consider exploring a variety of recipes including traditional favorites-Kugel, mandelbrot, brisket, or matzah ball soup.

We hope that this secular year brings you happiness, health, and joy! We are looking forward to continuing to write our stories together.

Important Religious School Dates for January:

Jan 2 Tue No School; Winter Break
Jan 7 Sun Religious School Resumes
Ruach Day (PJ Day - Be Comfy and Cozy)

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8 Insights for 8 Nights of Chanukah

Chanukah is a wonderful opportunity for us to refocus our priorities and teach our children to think of ways to reach out and bless others. On November 24, 2015 NCSY wrote 8 Insights for 8 Nights of Chanukah. While we each love to give our children presents during Chanukah, the gifts that our children will carry with them the longest are those that we teach them. As parents we are our children’s greatest teachers. Consider including the suggestions listed below as a part of your Chanukah ritual this year. Your family may truly enjoy incorporating and sharing your personal insights and reflections that the role Judaism has during each night of Chanukah.

  1. The Miracle of Nature
    Take a moment to reflect on the miracle of nature, and thank God out loud for one of the “ordinary” blessings in your life.
  2. Focus on the Right Values
    Demonstrate that you value spirituality by complimenting a friend on a good character trait they possess, or on a mitzvah they have done.
  3. Rededication: Renewed Commitment
    What were your New Years’ resolutions for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur? Take a moment to reflect on how your resolutions are going – why or why not your plans have been successful. Then either come up with a new plan or rededicate yourself to your commitments.
  4. All Strength is from God.
    What areas of your life do you take pride in? Your brains? Your talents? Your job? Your good looks? Recognize that each of these are gifts from God, and we cannot take credit for them on our own.
  5. Spread the Light of Torah to Others
    Share a Torah insight with a friend or family member, or tell them about one of the blessings you enjoy in your life.
  6. Do Mitzvos with Enthusiasm
    Do one good deed today with enthusiasm and a smile.
  7. God Loves the Jewish People
    Demonstrate your own love for the Jewish people by offering a smile, a kind word, or a helping hand to a fellow Jew.
  8. Keep Torah Learning Going Strong
    Set aside 5-10 minutes today to study Torah or share a Torah thought with friends or family.

Important Religious School Dates for December:

Dec 2 Sat 6th & 7th Grade B'nai Mitzvah Preparation Service and Luncheon
Dec 3 Sun Ruach Day for Religious School
Family Education 8th & 9th Grades
Dec 12 Tue 6:30 Whole School Chanukah Candle Lighting
Dec 17 Sun Grades PreK - 1st Chanukah Celebrations
Dec 19 Tue 6:30 Whole School Chanukah Candle Lighting
Grades 2- Gesher Chanukah Celebrations
Dec 24 Sun No School; Start of Winter Break (December 25th - January 3rd)

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Religious School Upcoming Events

01.21.2018 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Religious School
01.21.2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Meeting with Deb
01.21.2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mitzvah Day meeting with Juliet
01.21.2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mitzvah Day meeting with Juliet

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