Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

Community

  • Brotherhood BBQ

  • Monday night Mah Jong and Pinochle

  • Tumlar most Sunday mornings

  • Visiting Lifeline in Israel

  • Junior Youth Group goes to OSRUI for retreat weekend

Etz Chaim Community

Congregants can “connect” in many ways here at Etz Chaim. From joining a committee to volunteering to help with a community project, our members find many opportunities “to belong” here.

There are many active committees and our religious school is fortunate to have interested adults and youths who volunteer their teaching talents.

Our Brotherhood and Sisterhood groups provide leadership, fellowship and social programming for their members and the congregation.

Volunteerism is a strong ethic and our members volunteer in various congregational and community projects.

Community Spotlight

Did You Know??

Congregation Etz Chaim will have a Sign Language Interpretor available at Erev Rosh Hashanah, 1st day of rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, and Yom Kippur. If you need special seating arrangements for this, please contact the office. 

 

Community News

Tzedakah Collection

Congregation Natan-Ya, a Reform synagogue in Israel, needs our help now! Life for Reform Jews has become more difficult in Israel.

There is discrimination at the Western Wall and Netanyahu reneged on his plan to allow egalitarian worship at an area close to the Western Wall; a Conversion Bill gave the ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbinate total control over all conversions in Israel, and there are attempts to end public transportation on Shabbat.

At Congregation Natan-Ya, they were forced to install a fence around the synagogue and have the outer gates always locked for safety. Despite these precautions, they suffer different acts of vandalism such as throwing of glass bottles, damaging the sewage system, cutting the water pipes of the garden, defacing community notices, etc. The police do nothing because they are "minor incidents".

Despite these difficult times, in 2017, Congregation Natan-Ya has had 32 children celebrate their bar/bat mitzvah, 25 people converted, approximately 60 congregants pray every Friday night and the mailing list has grown to 600 people. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the congregation's founding in Netanya and 25 years  of Rabbi Edgar Nof ( Natan- Ya's Rabbi) rabbinate in Israel.

Rabbi Nof wants to create a special fund to celebrate these milestones. The fund will help children from Ethiopia, Russia, the Ukraine, or any child in need who cannot afford to pay for a bar/bat mitzvah ceremony and to celebrate their special day.

Let's stand with Israel and work towards building a Jewish and Democratic State in Israel. We want a collective pluralistic Jewish people.

Checks can also be written and sent directly to Congregation Natan-Ya, c/o Rabbi Edgar Nof, POB 2654, Netanya  4212601 ISRAEL, or you can make a check payable to Congregation Etz Chaim for Natan- Ya.

Community Events

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 9:00am
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 12:30pm
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 5:00pm
Monday, September 25, 2017 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 10:00am
Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 9:30am