Congregation Etz Chaim

Community, Spirituality, and YOU

In complying with Governor Pritzker’s “Shelter in Place” order, we have closed the doors to our physical building. However, Congregation Etz Chaim remains your spiritual home. We will remain a strong community, with just different 'walls'. We will still gather virtually for educational, social, spiritual and religious programs. Our clergy and staff are committed to helping you remain connected and cared for during this time.

We have worked hard to transition our religious services, religious school, Jewish learning and social offerings to an online format. Until further notice, all programming will remain virtual. More information about programming can be found below on our homepage and calendar. We will be sending out a daily email to all of our members announcing the next day’s offerings.

Our clergy and staff are working remotely, but we remain fully accessible via phone and email, text and can be reached during office hours via chat in the lower right corner of the homepage.

What makes our community so special is our connection and commitment to one another. We continue to be concerned for your spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being. If you or a family member experience any hardship, please reach out to us as your family, the Etz Chaim community, is here for you.

Online Streaming Services

The Rabbi is inviting you to the Shabbat pre-service oneg Friday April 10, 2020 at 7:00 and Shabbat Service at 7:30. (streaming Live on YouTube)

Please join the Rabbi for an online gathering before the service. You can see our online community and schmooze over chat with one another. Then, we’ll gear up for the Service at 7:30 and lead services, each family in their own location. We will usher in Shabbat together, gathering strength, sharing community and praying for all of humanity during this time of great uncertainty.

Watch last week's Shabbat service here.


Torah study with the Rabbi on Saturday, April 11 at 9:00 AM.


Shabbat Shira with Cindy Michelassi: Celebrate Shabbat with music! Join song leader, Cindy Michelassi for these Shabbat songs.

Hinei Mah Tov
Oseh Shalom

Mizmor Shir

Ya'aloz Sadai
Eternity Utters a Day
Mikolot Mayim Rabim


Online Events

Beyond Our Building: Tuesday, April 7 at 11:30 AM Lunch with the Rabbi


Beyond on our Building: Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 PM. “Let All who are hungry - come and eat” - Please join Congregation Etz Chaim’s 2nd night Seder via Zoom
Join us and bring your own matzah for a rousing community seder minus the meal!  We will sing, pray, learn and enjoy a fun filled seder together on Thursday April 9th at 7:00pm.  Please feel free to invite your friends and guests to attend, but please don’t post on social media. We are trying to avoid “unwanted visitors”.

Any questions? Email Rabbi Cosnowsky


Beyond Our Building: Monday, April 13 at 7:00PM - Join the Rabbi for Talmud on Tap: Salacious Talmud Stories with your Favorite Quarantine Beverage.


Cancelled Events

All in-person programming is cancelled for the time being.

Have you missed any recent programs? Click here to view them!

A Message from our Rabbi

Office Notes

The office will be closed until further notice. Should you need assistance, we will have the ability to chat on the website (see the bottom right corner) from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM on Monday -Wednesday and 10:00 AM-3:00 PM on Friday. We will still have access to email all day if you need to reach us.

Online School Events

Word of the Week with Marla Friedman
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Story time with Marla Friedman
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Beyond Our Building: Sing-a-long with Miss Sue.
Afikomen Mambo
The Frog Song
Avadim Hayinu
L'Shana Haba'ah
Go Down Moses

Rabbi Andrea Cosnowsky

Senior Rabbi

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.

Rabbi Frederick Kamil

Associate Rabbi


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1710 S. Highland Ave. | Lombard, IL
CEC LGBTQ safe Zone2

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.

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Congregation Etz Chaim

Reform Congregation Serving DuPage County Illinois