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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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Shabbat Honors

Every week congregants volunteer or are asked in advance to lead sections of the Shabbat Service. These roles are considered “honors.” If you are celebrating a special occasion or if you know that you will be at services on a given week and would like a role (see below) in the service, please contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Candle Lighting

Shabbat Candles are kindled each week a blessing is recited to usher in the Sabbath. This honor takes place near the beginning of the service and it can be performed by an individual or multiple people. Both men and women are invited to light the candles and make the blessings.

Candle lighting Instructions:

  • During services, sit with the congregation toward the front of the sanctuary if possible.
  • Come up to the bimah when called by the Rabbi. Remember: both men and women are to wear head coverings on the bimah.
  • Read one of the two readings in English (pg. 121)
  • Using the lit candle, light the Shabbat candles
  • Say the candle lighting blessing in Hebrew
  • Stay with the candles while the congregation sings the blessing
  • Return to your seat below


Kiddush

Kiddish is the blessing over the wine or grape juice that we drink on Shabbat to sanctify the Sabbath and remind us of its sweetness. This honor usually takes place toward the end of the service and it can be performed by an individual or multiple people. Both men and women are invited to recite the Kiddish.

Kiddish Instructions:

  • During services, sit in the congregation toward the front of the sanctuary if possible.
  • Come up to the bimah when called by the Rabbi. Remember: both men and women are to wear head coverings on the bimah.
  • Take the large Kiddush cup
  • Sing the blessing over the wine. (Once you start, the Cantorial Soloist and congregation will join in.)
  • Sip the wine after the Cantorial Soloist finishes singing the long blessing. (Note that the cup is somewhat large, so be careful and sip!)
  • Return to your seat below


Aliyah

Being called for an Aliyah means being asked to recite the Hebrew blessings that are said before and after a Torah reading. This honor takes place on Friday nights when Torah is read. It is open for both Jewish men and women, although a non-Jewish spouse may stand at the podium alongside their partner as the blessing is recited.

Aliyah Instructions:

  • Find the rabbi 15 minutes before Shabbat Services to inform him of your presences and to tell him your Hebrew name.
  • During Services come up to the bimah when called by the Rabbi. Remember: both men and women are to wear head coverings on the bimah.
  • When cued, recite the blessing before Torah is read. The reader will then read the Torah portion.
  • Recite the Blessing after reading Torah
  • Wait for the Rabbi to offer you a blessing
  • Return to your seat(s) in the sanctuary


Torah Readers / Yad Squad!

Torah is read on Friday nights at least twice a month. If you would like to volunteer to read Torah on a given night, please contact our Cantorial Soloist, Ilana Axel at least two months in advance of the reading. If you are interested in reading Torah on a more regular basis, please consider becoming a part of our Torah readers group, called the Yad Squad. Each fall, we hold a meeting to acknowledge those who have been part of the Yad Squad in the past year, to welcome those who would like to try their skill at reading Torah, and, especially, to let everyone sign up for a specific date to read/chant Torah at a Friday night service. But if you miss the meeting, you can join us anyhow!

Our Yad Squad members are justifiably proud of their accomplishments, and we always welcome new members. If you would like to try reading or chanting Torah, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Usher / Greeters

Ushers are needed each Friday to help get Shabbat Services ready, to greet Shabbat guests, and to help return books and materials, at the conclusion of our worship. If you would like to volunteer to be an usher, your help would be much appreciated. Please contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Oneg / Dessert Reception Assistance

Oneg means “joy” and one of the most joyful times of the week takes place after Shabbat Services when congregants and guests enjoy a dessert reception and the company of others. If you would like to help serve at an oneg reception, or if you would be able to bake treats for a given Friday night, please complete and submit this form to Sisterhood.

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.