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Connections For All Ages

Beth Tikvah Congregation prides itself on offering social, educational and spiritual opportunities for all age groups. We are here for you at every age and stage of life! Join us at Beth Tikvah!

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0-5 Years Old

BTC Jr is fun Jewish programming aimed specifically at families with young children to get them involved in Jewish life.

Our Early Childhood Center (ECC) offers classes and programs for children (ages 6-months to 4-years) and their parents throughout the school year, and summer.

5-12 Years Old

Family Shabbat Services one Friday night a month, geared to our young families.

Our Religious School offers classes for students ages Pre-K through 12th Grade. This includes Family Education throughout the year, where families attend a Sunday morning class together and learn about Jewish history, values or life cycle events.

Kolan, our children’s choir welcomes children of all different musical abilities. The choirs participate in various holiday and Shabbat services, as well as performing occasional local singing venues.

Family Retreats where our families can celebrate Shabbat and enjoy creative programs and social time away from the stresses and schedule of home life.

Our Social Action Committee welcomes the involvement of our young families in caring for our garden (Gan Tikvah) and helping cook in our soup kitchen (Tikvah Chefs).

13-18 Years Old

Our Religious School continues through twelfth grade, and has a special program (Gesher L'Kesher) for students in Grades 8-12 that includes a dinner and learning session with our Rabbi and various educators on Tuesday evenings. In addition, some of our older teens serve as student teachers in our religious school program.

Our Youth Groups offer social, educational and service opportunities for our tweens and teens within our own Beth Tikvah community, as well as within the larger Jewish Chicagoland community.

Kol Shirah is a group of songleaders for ages 12-18, who can transition into the adult choir, Kol Tikvah, if interest and ability permit. We also offer opportunities for young musicians in our synagogue instrumental ensemble, K’lei Tikvah.

Our Committees also welcome the involvement of our young adults in their activities as well.

Post High School

We like to stay in touch with our graduating seniors in the immediate years following High School. Whether you (or your son or daughter) are currently in college, the military, and/or if you still live in the area, BTC would still like to be a part of your lives and be there for you as needed.

Please feel free to contact Rabbi Tachman if you are in need of advice, direction, help with a paper on religion, a note to get out of that exam scheduled on Yom Kippur, or if would like to share news of any kind. You can contact Rabbi through email or on Facebook.

If you are in college or in the military away from home and would like to receive holiday goodies from your congregational home, please send an email to the Women of Sisterhood with your contact information so that you can get wonderful, delicious care packages (College Boxes) sent to you in the mail on Jewish holidays.

Please be sure to come back to Beth Tikvah Congregation each year for our annual “Blue Jeans” Shabbat, which always takes place the Friday evening after Thanksgiving. After the service it feels like a wonderful Beth Tikvah reunion and everyone has much to share. Lots of hugs, and discussion, and comparing of notes on their new homes away from home.

Of course, please be sure to come home whenever you can sneak away, and particularly if you can reconnect for the High Holy Days or any holidays, for that matter.

There are also many Jewish resources for our post-high school students.

College Links

URJ: College Students 
Israel on Campus Coalition 
Birthright Israel 

Jewish Fun & Learning

The Peace Encyclopedia
Jewish Holiday Calendar
Israel Defense Forces

Other Sites



We have Continuing Education programs throughout the year including a Book Club, Torah Study every Saturday morning, and Lunch & Learn programs.

Our Sisterhood has Mah Jongg regularly on Mondays, monthly programs on Wednesday evenings, they run the Gift Shop and serve Oneg, and have many holiday meals together as a sisterhood.

Men’s Club has twice-monthly card games on Monday evenings, a yearly summer golf outing, and Sunday brunches throughout the year.

Many of our congregants participate in our Committees according to their interests and abilities. If you like to cook, you are a good fit for our Caring Committee that provides meals for members and their families in times of illness, or the Social Action Committee that cook and serve meals to the homeless. If you are a gardener, you would enjoy our community social action garden, Gan Tikvah. If you enjoy acting and singing, you can participate in the Purim Shpiel, or Kol Tikvah, our adult choir. There are committees and activities to suit every interest and personality. Please see our Committee listings for more opportunities.

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