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Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County serves more than 550 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.
Our congregation is affiliated with both the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and the Community Foundation for Jewish Education (CFJE), giving us access to a broad range of services and interactions with the larger Jewish community. We also encourage membership in the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA).
A Brief History
The congregation was founded in 1960 as Tree Towns Congregation in Elmhurst by eight local families.
In 1970 the congregation was renamed Etz Chaim and in 1972 hired its first full-time rabbi. In 1973 the congregation moved to its present location in Lombard. Rabbi Steven Bob came to Etz Chaim in 1981 as the congregation’s fourth full-time rabbi, retiring and becoming Rabbi Emeritus in June 2016 after 35 years. Rabbi Andrea Cosnowsky came to our congregational family in July 2005 as Assistant Rabbi and in June 2016 became our Senior Rabbi. At the same time, Rabbi Frederick (Ricky) Kamil became Assistant Rabbi, coming from Cincinnati, Ohio. Anne Stein, Educator Emerita, retired in 2015 after 24 years. Currently, Lynda Gutcheon is serving as our Interim Director of Education.
The congregation prides itself on being a growing, thriving center of Reform Judaism where both young and old are welcomed and cherished. Etz Chaim depends on the members to shape its character through involvement in programming and committees.