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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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Yamim Noraim literally means the “Days of Awe.” This refers to the High Holy Days - specifically Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur - and is marked by a ten-day period during which we engage in prayer, introspection, and repentance.

We hold a variety of High Holy Days Services geared toward different segments of our community. Please view the Upcoming High Holiday Calendar to the left, and view our High Holy Day Booklet to get complete, up-to-date information regarding the various High Holy Days Services offered. Please click for all necessary forms.

Since Jewish days begin in the evening, members of Beth Tikvah Congregation - like Jews around the world - observe our first Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur worship service in the evening. Please check our Upcoming High Holy Day Services to the left, or our main calendar for the dates and times of these services.

For High Holy Days, we use the Gates of Repentance prayer book. We have an ample supply of books. If you wish to purchase your own copy, they are available through the Sisterhood Gift Shop.


Congregational Services

The congregational services are liturgically comprehensive. The sermon topics are relevant for adults and children in Grade 5 and older. For families who wish to worship together, please be responsible to maintain the dignity of the service. If your children require a repast, please step out of the service and return at an appropriate time. The music includes participatory melodies, vocal solos, as well as choral settings.

Attending Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services is one of the benefits of membership and these services are open to all members of good standing. Children's services and preregistered child care are available.

Children’s Services

Concurrently with the morning congregational services, two separate services will be held, one for 4-year-olds through first graders, and the other for second through fourth graders. The prayers and music are appropriate for younger children.

Family Preschool Services

The Family Preschool Services are designed for preschool youngsters. Our youngest members are engaged with age-appropriate stories and singing while sitting together on the floor with their family. These services are held at Beth Tikvah Congregation after the congregational services.

Child Care

Babysitting, with advance reservations, is available for the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services for a nominal fee, for children ages 6 months to 4 years. Please complete and return the Babysitting Form and payment, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Lucy Howell for more information; 847-885-4545 x114.

Attire

High Holy Services dress tends to be more formal than other worship and holiday experiences throughout the year. Most men wear suits and ties, and women dress more conservatively.

Location & Parking

Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, and Yom Kippur Services are held at an alternate location (Holy Family Parish) because of limited space in the Beth Tikvah Congregational sanctuary, and out of a desire for the congregation to be together at this sacred time. By going off-site, we will feel the strength and joy that comes from a thousand voices joined in prayer. Selichot, Rosh Hashanah Day 2, and Yom Kippur afternoon services are held at Beth Tikvah Congregation and are open to members and non-members alike.

Parking is plentiful for our services. If needed, there are many handicap spaces near the front entrance. There is also a drop-off entrance to allow you to drop-off for those with limited mobility.

Special Needs

The Men’s Club ushers and Sisterhood greeters will help provide for your special needs. They can be easily identified by their lapel flower. 

If you forgot your tickets, they will escort you to the office to have temporary tickets prepared. If you or any member of your party require special seating for wheelchair accessibility, please notify an usher. They will work with the Youth Group to help you at the Temple with your shopping bags of donations. If you need any emergency or health-related assistance during Services, please find one of the ushers.

Worship

Worship is very important to us at Beth Tikvah Congregation. We believe that - through prayer on the Sabbath, on Jewish Holidays, and as a part of our everyday lives - we can improve ourselves, our relationships with each other, and with God. Through prayer we give voice to the longings in our hearts. We find comfort, inspiration, meaning, guidance and hope through prayer, and we reconnect with our most sacred values and ideals.

Our prayer book, Mishkan T’filah, asserts that “each of us enters this sanctuary with a different need,” and at BTC we strive to create worship that is engaging, accessible and relevant. Attending or viewing online one of our services, you will immediately notice that our services include joyous, uplifting music, inspirational sermons, celebrations of life cycle events, time for reflection and meditation, as well as shared laughter. Following each worship service, the congregation typically gathers together to enjoy delicious desserts and refreshments each other’s company.

We are always delighted to have guests and long-time members worship with us and we want you to feel comfortable, included, and attuned to what is happening at any given moment. More information about attending our worship services for the first time can be found here.

Our prayer services include both Hebrew and English in the form of prayers, readings and songs, and most everything that appears in Hebrew is both translated and transliterated in the prayer book. While there is much to be said about our prayer services, the best way to find out more is to experience our worship. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming worship services. We most frequently gather together for prayer on Friday evenings when we usher in the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat); a 24-hour period of rest, reflection, renewal and reconnection to God.

Please refer to the list of our Shabbat Services offered, or view our congregational Calendar. Also, if you are unable to attend in-person, you can join us weekly in prayer online through our live streaming.