Congregation Etz Chaim
Mark Your Calendars for Etz Chaim’s 2nd Night Zoom Seder!
Sunday March 28 at 6:00 PM, Zoom room opens at 5:30 PM.
Our Passover Zoom seder is open to all members (and feel free to invite your extended family, even if they are non-members.)
The Sisterhood will be collecting all of your chametz for their Passover Food Drive.
Traditionally, during Passover, one cannot hold chametz (leavened food products) inside a Jewish household. But what happens during Passover in Israel when there is food on the shelves of the grocery store? Enter, the legal fiction, or ‘trick’ that Israel uses to get around this issue. They ‘sell’ all of its leavened products to Palestinian citizen, Hussein Jabar. This symbolic ‘purchase’ mutually helps both communities. Every year, Mr. Jabar gives the Prime Minister a check as a down payment for millions of dollars worth of food. He ‘owns’ that food for one week, and then at the end of Passover, he ‘returns’ the food and the check is returned to him. In this way, Israelis don’t have to actually rid their stores and bakeries of leavening.
To honor the tradition of ‘selling’ chametz to the Muslim community, the Sisterhood is holding a food drive and its proceeds will benefit the Islamic Center.
Congregation Etz Chaim is to be that place of compassion, growth and welcome that spiritual seekers crave. We endeavor to support the passions of Jews and those who align themselves with the Jewish community and to nurture the well-being of all peoples.
Services & Holidays
Rabbi Cosnowsky will be on sabbatical from February 27-March 27. If you have questions or need assistance during this time, please reach out to Rabbi Kamil or Office Manager, Cody Gierat.
- -Thursday, March 4 at 7:00 PM- Understanding and Dismantling Racism
- -Tuesday, March 16 at 7:00 PM- Book Disucssion Group "The Book of V. by Anna Solomon"
- -Wednesday, March 17 at 12:30 PM- Classical Music 101 with Uli Widmaier "Ridiculous Plots and Even Bigger Emotions: Opera"
- -Wednesday, March 17 at 7:00 PM- Journey Through the Prayer Book and Shabbat Service with Rabbi Kamil and Alan Wolsky: Concluding Blessings
- -Thursday, March 18 at 7:00 PM- Mean Girls of the Bible with Rabbi Jennifer Kaluzny
- -Thursday, March 18 at 7:00 PM- My Quilting Journey with Kathy Herbach
Happening This Week
Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County serves almost 500 families in the western suburbs of Chicago.
The synagogue is conveniently located near I-88 and I-355 between Roosevelt and Butterfield Roads, at 1710 South Highland Avenue in Lombard, Illinois.
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Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County, a Reform synagogue in Lombard, serves almost 500 families in the western suburbs of Chicago. We have a tradition of having an inclusive community which welcomes everyone- Jews by birth, Jews by choice, non-Jewish family members, singles, LGBTQIA2+ and people of all ages and abilities. We are a caring community that draws strength on our commitment to honor and respect the diversity of our membership.