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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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Do you remember your torah portion? Do you love to learn new ones?

Colorful Yad Torah

The goal of the Yad Squad is to ensure that all able temple members have the opportunity to read or chant Torah for the congregation. You only need to be able to read Hebrew independently, and be willing to learn to read or chant three or more verses from the Torah scroll.

Become a member of the Yad Squad!

Each fall, we hold a fun 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.

Yad Squad Leadership


julie brandon

Julie Brandon


 Cantorial Leader Ilana Axel

Celebrate Anniversaries

Yad Squad offers a great opportunity for our young (and not so young) members to celebrate the anniversary of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah by joining us to chant or read their portion each anniversary. Other significant life events are also great opportunities to celebrate with a Torah reading: wedding anniversaries, birthdays, dates of recovery from illness, graduations or trips to Israel. Come and celebrate them all as a member of the Yad Squad!

What if I don’t chant Torah?

Even if you don’t know how to chant Torah, that is okay! First, you do not have to chant Torah. Yad Squad members include both those who chant and those who read.

But, if you want to learn to chant, we can help. To prepare Yad Squad members for their “big moment,” Cantorial Soloist Ilana Axel will prepare a recording of the chanted verses, and our organizers Susan Schwartz and Julie Brandon are available for additional help. We have also offered occasional classes on trope for those interested in more extensive lessons. Or you can take advantage of the many online resources for learning your parsha.


Yad Squad Resources