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300 Hillcrest Blvd Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

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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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First-time Visitors

Welcome! We are so delighted that you are planning to visit Beth Tikvah Congregation! Below you will find additional information about what to expect at a typical Shabbat Service. We hope that the experience is comfortable for you.  We invite you to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in advance of the service, and we will be happy to connect you with a member who will help acclimate you to our service and congregation. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ahead of time, or upon entering the congregation, and please let the usher know that you are new to Beth Tikvah Congregation. Following your visit if you would like to attend other programs, tour the building, or meet with our rabbi, please let us know by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. our Office Administrator.

Attire

There is no formal dress requirement at any of our Shabbat Service Services. While most service participants tend to dress conservatively (ie, business casual), we would much rather that you are here worshipping with us in jeans, than home alone. The one exception to this rule, is that we ask those who will be invited up to the bimah (the sanctuary platform) for a special honor, to dress more formally.

Children

Children of all ages are welcome, and are a happy addition to all of our services. In the event that you are unable to stay throughout the service because children’s bedtimes are quickly approaching, we understand if you must depart before the service concludes, and we are thrilled that you were able to join us for part of the service.

Length of services

Our worship services vary in length—ranging from about 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the type of service. Tot Shabbat Services are about 30 minutes; our Kabbalat Shabbat Services on the fifth Friday of the month are about an hour; our usual Shabbat Services tend to be up to an hour-and-a-half long. Saturday morning B’nai Mitzvah services are usually between an hour-and-a-half to two hours long.

Shabbat Services Content

Most services are conducted from the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) Mishkan T'Filah, using both the English and Hebrew texts. A portion of the Torah is read most Friday night services and a portion of the Haftarah are read at B’nai Mitzvah services and holidays. Special service booklets are used for Family Services and other special occasions. Throughout the year, creative services may be led by our youth groups or affiliates such as Sisterhood, Men’s Club, LAFF or others.

What To Do Upon Arriving

When arriving at Beth Tikvah Congregation for Shabbat Services, unless there is a huge event planned, there should be ample parking space available on the day of your visit. Please enter at the front of the building. You will be greeted and welcomed by one of our ushers if you are coming just before a worship service. Please introduce yourself to our usher and he or she would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Also, the greeter can connect you with another member of the congregation who would be happy to show you around and introduce you to others, if you would like. The greeter will give to you a booklet with information about the worship service and upcoming events at Beth Tikvah Congregation. In addition, you will be handed a prayer book and asked if you would like one with Hebrew transliteration or one without the English approximation of the Hebrew words. Tallit (prayer shawls) and Kippot/Yarmulkes (skull caps) are available for both men and women, but are not required to be worn. You may sit anywhere in the sanctuary along with the congregation, however, participants are encouraged to sit closer to the front.

Participation

Our worship experiences are meant to be participatory for all, whether or not you are Jewish. While there are a few segments of the service led exclusively by the service leader, there are many opportunities to recite prayers in English and Hebrew, readings with the congregation and, of course, to sing along with the melodies. As mentioned, all of the Hebrew songs and prayers are transliterated (notated in English syllables) and we encourage you to join along as you are comfortable. Your participation will help elevate the entire prayer experience for all, we are sure!

Following services, please follow the crowds to the back end of the building, where there will be a dessert and refreshment reception called an Oneg, meaning “enjoyment.”

Glossary of Shabbat-related Terms

Not sure what a particular word you heard someone say at service means? No worries! Here is a short list of Shabbat-related terms.

Shabbat Shalom! (Sabbath of Peace to you!) We hope to see you soon at an upcoming Shabbat Service.

Learn more about the Jewish Sabbath

Calendar

Review our Worship Upcoming Events above, and our Calendar.

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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.