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300 Hillcrest Blvd Hoffman Estates, IL 60169


Beth Tikvah Congregation

Our House of Hope

300 Hillcrest Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169  


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Sunday, June 11, 3:00 pm

Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201

Kol Tikvah 2014 FormalIlana Axel and members of Kol Tikvah are performing with the Music Institute of Chicago Chorale and Orchestra, and the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Choir

This is a full choral and orchestral concert, featuring the breathtaking Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan-Williams and To The Chief Musician Psalms by Israeli composer This is a full choral and orchestral concert, conducted by Danny Wallenberg.

Ticktes are $15 and are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

Rehearse: Tue 7:30 pm: Feb 21, 28 & Mar 7

Purim Shpiel: Sun, Mar 12, 11:00 am

Purim Chorale & Cast is now accepting Super People with Super Voices and Super Egos and Super Looks to join our Super Heroic shpiel on Sunday, March 12 at 11:00 am. (Subjectively Super of course).

All you need to do is come to 3 Super Rehearsals on 3 Super Tuesdays at 7:30 pm - February 21, 28 and March 7. Oh, yes, and maybe find a super Super Hero costume to put over your Already Super Self.

Contact Cantor Ilana at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or, just bring your Super Self to the first rehearsal.

It's going to be SUPERB! 

Sunday, February 12, 1:15 pm

Rick Recht Guitar Arm SQUAREKolan, our Beth Tikvah children's choir, will perform with the fun and famous Rick Recht in Deerfield, IL at the Chicago-area Tu Bishvat Community Celebration.

Come join the celebration from 11:30am-2:30 pm at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School, 1095 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, IL


Tu Bshvat Community Celebration 2017

"Bring the whole family to plant a sapling, create fun crafts, eat treats at hourly Tu BiShvat Seders and enjoy live music by Jewish entertainer Rick Recht."

FREE to attend. Food for purchase. Dietary laws observed.

Congregational Singing

Beth Tikvah Congregation places much value on music and congregational singing. We sing a lot together in our services and programs. When the spirit moves you, raise your voice with our congregation, accompanied by guitar and other instruments; it is the sweetest music of all. If you are not inspired to sing, feel free to just sit back, relax, and listen.

We make the music come alive!

Beth Tikvah is part of a unique group of temples that base their musical excellence on volunteer members, rather than paid musicians. Our choral members, vocal soloists, and instrumental performers are primarily our own volunteer members. We find that this creates a special musical environment for the our community.

Our ensembles have many standard pieces in their repertoire, and are always adding and rotating pieces in and out to match our temple's theme for the year, and to challenge the ensembles musically. Ensembles do not perform at every Friday evening service; instead we perform at special services, throughout the year.

Read or Chant Torah

You can also lend your voice to worship by reading or chanting Torah with the Yad Squad.

Community Performances & Events

The ensembles also perform at special music events in the area including:

  • Mitzvah Concerts - our own performances for other community groups
  • Zemer Am - an annual all-day Chicago Jewish Choral Fesitval, including a workshop and performance
  • Greater Chicago Jewish Festival - a bi-annual festival; our choirs have performed at it since 2010
  • Choral-Orchestra Fest at Music Institute of Chicago - in June 2013, sang in a combined choir performance of Mendelssohn's Psalm 42 and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms.
  • Recording sessions include "Un'taneh Tokef" by Ya'ir Rosenblum, arranged by Ilana Axel.


Music Upcoming Events

08.01.2017 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Kol Tikvah Rehearsal: High Holidays
08.15.2017 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Kol Tikvah Rehearsal: High Holidays
08.22.2017 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Kol Tikvah Rehearsal: High Holidays

Mitzvah Concert

2011 Mitzvah Concert

Jewish Festival

Festival Group Portrait

Choral-Orchestra Festival

2013-06-09 KolTikvah OrchestraFest Performance

Recording Session

KT Recording Session 5-8-12


Cantorial Leader & Conductor, Ilana Axel

Do you love to sing? Do you play an instrument? Join one of our ensembles!

The goal of music at Beth Tikvah is to:

  • Inspire and enrich our worship life and program activities.
  • Create musical social communities within the larger congregation.
  • Provide opportunities for spiritual expression through music.
  • Challenge ourselves and have fun together in a uniquely Jewish musical environment.

Kolan (Children's Choir)

Grades 1-5

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Our Children's Choir rehearses on Sundays when Religious School is in session, right after morning services, from 11:30 am – 12:15 pm. Activities include worship, school assemblies, and off-site events.

Kol Shirah (Songleaders)

Grades 6-12

2013-05-19 Songleaders

Our tween & teen leaders are building their worship and program-leading skills together. Come with voices, guitars, or other instruments you are fairly skilled in. They meet weekly on Sundays from 9:45-10:30 am.

Kol Tikvah (Adult Choir)

Ages 13 - 120

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Our Adult Choir, "The Voice of Hope," meets 2-3 Tuesday evenings each month, from 7:30-9:00pm and continues to warmly embrace new members at all times of the year. Prospective members do not have to be proficient music readers, but they must be able to sing in tune. Training is part of the Kol Tikvah experience.

Activities include worship and off-site concerts and festivals. At rehearsals, you can witness volunteers from all walks of life pouring their hearts and souls into song for high purpose. This group of talented and vibrant individuals forms the cornerstone of formal music at Beth Tikvah.

Purim Chorale

Those who “sing” for Purim

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Purim Chorale is our annual forage into "voices of all kinds" as we sing parodies for the pruim service. Maybe you like to sing and perform but your family thinks you don’t sound so good? This is the group for you. All are welcome. This usually includes costumes and lots of fun!

T'filah Group

Adults & Post-B'nei Mitzvah

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Want to learn Shabbat melodies before the service? Want to spontaneously harmonize and/or improvise on old and new melodies? Want to do this in a setting that is NOT a rehearsal, rather an intimate and unique music-making session? Don't be bashful. Bring your voices, and/or your skilled instruments, and your spirits. Or, just come to listen.

The second Friday of each month, beginning November 11, 2016, from 6:30-7:30 pm.

K'lei Tikvah (Instrument Ensemble)

"The Instruments of Hope"

Proficient instrumentalists often accompany and enrich our music both in ensembles and individually. These musicians lend their time and multiple talents to our holiday worship, enriching us beyond words. Adults and high school students with some experience are welcome to join the fun. This group meets as needed.

Sound Crew

Love to run a sound board?

We are always in need of people who know how to run small and large sound systems well. We have a small core group of people now, but are always looking for more helpful hands. Please let us know if you are interested in joining our crew.