COVID-19 Updates

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Update – 6/25/2020

Dear Members,

As the country and state of Illinois begin to enter the next phases of opening, we at Congregation B’nai Tikvah will begin to welcome members of the community back into the building. We will do so in a gradual and slow manner, strictly following the guidelines set by Governor Pritzker and advice from members of the lay leadership. 

At this time, we are opening the building for morning minyan on Monday and Thursday at 6:30 am, beginning Monday June, 15th. These are the guidelines that we will follow during that time.

  1. No more than 20 people can attend services.
  2. Services will be held in the main sanctuary.
  3. Masks need to be worn at all times in the building and parking lot.
  4. Please only sit in marked chairs.
  5. Please leave the building when services finish, do not linger in the lobby.
  6. You need to bring your own tallit and kippot. We will not supply either item.
  7. Only use the siddurim that are on the cart and return to the cart after services.
  8. Handling of the Torah and Ark openings will only be done by the clergy.

These guidelines will help us to have a safe environment at B’nai Tikvah. When entering, you assume the risk and acknowledge that while Congregation B’nai Tikvah regularly cleans and sanitizes our building, we cannot guarantee that you will be protected from the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will create opportunities to welcome others into the building. As we move forward through these stages, our programming and services will continue to be available online. 

Any questions, please call me at the synagogue.



Dear B’nai Tikvah Members,
As an extreme precautionary measure, all religious services and programming have been suspended at Congregation B’nai Tikvah. This includes all Religious School, Adult Education, Youth, Family, Sisterhood, and Men’s Club events. Please know that this decision was not made lightly but was made with advice and guidance from medical professionals. At this time, the suspension of services and activities is expected to last through at least April 3rd. We will continue to evaluate the situation moving forward.
More information about how Religious School will proceed after Spring Break will come from Ariana in the coming days. We will be looking at options for online and other electronic learning (including via mobile devices) in the coming weeks for the school and for the rest of the community.
If you have meetings scheduled with Hazzan Hery, Felicia or Ariana they will all be moved to online or mobile device meetings. Our preference is for contact via email as it may take longer to respond to voice messages.
Felicia Lev –
Ariana Hershon –
Thank you for your understanding and support during this challenging time. We appreciate your patience as we continue to monitor this situation. As always, the safety and well-being of our community is our top priority.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Felicia Lev and Ariana Hershon

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