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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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bar bat mitzvah

To become a bar or bat Mitzvah literally means to “become a son or daughter of the commandments.” At the age of 13, boys and girls become, in the eyes of the Jewish community, “adults.” (They are considered adults in the sense that they are expected to take on some of the Jewish responsibilities of adulthood.) A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a ceremony and rite of passage held at the synagogue where a boy or girl leads the community in prayer, reads from the Torah and Haftorah and offers an interpretation of his or her Torah portion. 

Learn more about Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.

At Beth Tikvah Congregation, our clergy are devoted to making the Bar or Bat Mitzvah experience personalized, positive and meaningful to each student and his or her family. Much time and attention is given to each student, well in advance of his or her big day to make sure that he or she is not only properly prepared to successfully lead a service, but that he or she is prepared to lead a successful Jewish life. (Not that this ceremony marks the end of religious school for students! Most of our students continue on in Religious School through high school graduation.) What makes Bar at Bat Mitzvah ceremonies special at Beth Tikvah Congregation, is attention given to students by clergy, the opportunity to lead the majority of the service, the openness and inclusion of interfaith families, and the support that is given to students by their classmates and parents and much of the Beth Tikvah Congregational Community. We look forward to celebrating this important milestone with you and your family. We hope that the Bar or Bat Mitzvah process and experience enables you and your family to connect on a deeper level with each other, with the community and with Judaism and that it is a meaningful, exciting and joyous occasion.

To learn more about Bar and Bat Mitzvah at Beth Tikvah Congregation, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 847-885-4545, so that we can have one of our clergy connect with you.

Bar and Bat Mitzvah resources for those already enrolled in the program:

Celebrating a Life Cycle Event

If you know you will soon experience a Life Cycle Event, please email Beth Tikvah, or call 847-885-4545, so that we can have one of our clergy connect with you.

Life Cycle Events

A familiar text from the book of Ecclesiastics reminds us that “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” At Beth Tikvah Congregation, our caring and dedicated clergy look forward to helping you and your family mark, celebrate, and feel the sanctity of your simchas (joyous moments in life) and they are committed to helping you cope and respond in challenging times. Likewise, your friends and fellow congregants of Beth Tikvah Congregation cannot wait to rejoice with you in happy times and want to be there for you in times of trouble.

If you know you will soon experience a happy event (such as the birth of a child, a Bar Mitzvah, wedding or wedding anniversary), or if you are currently facing a hardship in life such as a loss, illness, loss of job or any other sorrow or disappointment, please email Beth Tikvah, or call 847-885-4545, so that we can have one of our clergy connect with you.