Congregation Bnai Tikvah

Congregation Bnai Tikvah

1558 Wilmot Road, Deerfield, Illinois 60015
Phone: 847-945-0470 |

School FAQ

What is the time commitment for each grade (i.e. one day of Hebrew School and Sunday or just Sunday)?

Kindergarten-2nd grade students attend school on Sunday mornings only. 3rd-6th grade students attend Sunday mornings and one weekday afternoon.

How do I register my child for the Religious School?


Whom should I contact at the Religious School office?

To learn more about the Religious School program, please contact our Religious School Director, Carly Valfer (, 847-945-0470). For questions about school scheduling, how to register for school, report absences or early pickup, to schedule a tour, or other general information, please contact our School Administrative Assistant, Sue Brin (, 847-945-0470 ext. 102).

What day(s) of the week will my child attend?

Sunday Mornings:9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Kindergarten – 5th grade

9:00 am – 10:00 am – 6th grade B’nai Mitzvah Workshop

10:00 am – 11:00 am – 7th grade Workshop

Tuesday Evenings:4:30 – 6:30 pm – 3rd and 5th grade
Wednesday Evenings:4:30 – 6:30 pm – 4th and 6th grade

6:15 – 7:30 pm – 7th – 9th grades

How large are the classes?

Class sizes are typically around 16 students, but do not exceed 24 students

What is the cost?

For information about Religious School costs, please contact the Religious School Administrator Sue Brin (, 847-945-0470).

How is Hebrew study addressed?

Hebrew will be taught for reading and tefillah (prayer) fluency to enable our students to understand the prayers and be comfortable and competent participating in synagogue services here at B’nai Tikvah as well as in the larger community.

Is there a Shabbat requirement for my student?

A Shabbat requirement is an important part of our academic program. Students in 3rd through 6th grades are required to attend a minimum of 6 Shabbat services for the academic year. They may attend the Simchat Shabbat service, Ruach Shabbat service, or the Main Sanctuary Service. We will be counting Friday evening services and Shabbat morning services at B’nai Tikvah to fulfill this requirement.

Is my child’s grade assigned a Shabbat service to attend?

Yes, please consult page 11 of the Parent Handbook (link to parent handbook) for the list of dates.

My child has a food allergy. What is your policy?

Parents must be sensitive to and respectful of the needs of all of the children in their child’s class. We are a peanut and tree nut free school. We appreciate all Religious School parents’ understanding and compliance with these critically important guidelines. While we make every effort to ensure no such nuts are present in the school, we remain a multi-use facility and cannot guarantee that children will not come in contact with peanut or tree nut residue inside the building. Allergies to other foods (including but not limited to eggs, dairy products, soy, seeds, fruits, honey, or gluten) will be handled on a case-by-case basis in that child’s classroom. Certain restrictions may be placed on all the children in that classroom (in addition to the prohibition on peanuts and tree nuts described above).

How do I know if school is cancelled because of inclement weather?

If Deerfield Schools are closed, B’nai Tikvah will automatically be closed. Please do not call the school or the synagogue office, since we may be snowed in and at home. You will be notified by email. The decision to close school due to inclement weather will be made based on our teachers’ abilities to get to school. You can also consult the Emergency Closing Center website:

Can teens work in the school as teacher-aides?

All B’nai Tikvah members who are 9th-12th grade students are potential madrichim who work on Sunday mornings from 9:00am-12:00pm.

What is a madrich (masculine) or madrichah (feminine)?

They are our in-classroom teacher assistants and much more! The Religious School considers our madrichim to be guides for younger students towards a positive religious school experience by demonstrating their involvement, their skills at collaboration, and their initiative. To apply to be a madrich/madrichah, please visit our madrichim page.

Do parents ever participate in the Religious School?

We encourage parents to attend our Open House, accompany children on field trips, join at special performances, attend family education workshops, assemblies and activities.

Does my student receive a report card?

A report on your child’s progress is scheduled to be issued once this year. The purpose of these reports is to inform parents of their children’s strengths and challenges. Additionally, 3rd-6th grade parents will be offered a Parent Teacher Conference time during the last two weeks of January. There will also be periodic “all school updates” which are most informative.

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