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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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If you are expecting a child soon, MAZAL TOV! Congratulations! In Jewish tradition there wonderful ways to celebrate the arrival of your baby.

If you are having a girl, there is a beautiful ceremony, called a Simchat Bat, where your daughter will be welcomed into the Covenant between God and the Jewish people, and where she will be given a Hebrew name (that you choose for her - with help from our clergy if you need it). Both parents do not have to be Jewish in order to have this ceremony, however there is an expectation that the child will not be raised in a religion other than Judaism.

Sometimes such ceremonies are held at Beth Tikvah Congregation as part of a Congregational Friday night Shabbat Service, and other times the ceremonies are held just for family and friends, either at BTC or at another location, such as a family member’s home. Often the short baby naming ceremonies are followed with lunch or snacks and refreshments as the guests celebrate the new child.

The timing for a girl’s baby naming is up to you, although most families have the ceremony during the first few months of life. If you are interested in having a Baby Naming for your daughter, 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.

Learn more about Baby Naming Ceremonies for girls

If you are having a boy, it is traditional for the child to be circumcised by a specialist called a mohel on the eighth day of life. The circumcision is referred to (in Hebrew) as Brit Milah, which means “covenant of circumcision.” When a child is circumcised, blessings are read before and after the short procedure and a boy is welcomed into the Covenant between God and the Jewish people and is given a Hebrew Name (that you choose for him—with help from our clergy if you need it). Both parents do not have to be Jewish in order to have this ceremony, however there is an expectation that the child will not be raised in a religion other than Judaism. In some cases, families for medical or other reasons elect to have a child circumcised in the hospital before the eighth day. If this is the case, you may still have a naming ceremony if you choose to do so. Following the Brit Milah ceremony it is customary to serve lunch, refreshments or snacks and guests continue to celebrate the child’s entrance into the covenant. Brit Milah ceremonies are performed at Beth Tivkah Congregation or at a family member’s home. A mohel, should be hired to perform the ceremony (our clergy can connect you with one if desired). Our clergy often are asked to officiate for the ceremony, reciting the prayers before and after the procedure and inviting family and friends to offer readings, blessings and songs for the occasion. If you interested in having a Brit Milah for your son, 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.

Learn more about Brit Milah

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.