Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

Brotherhood Overview

President: Gary Pollyea

Meetings and Events Information 


The Brotherhood is Congregation Etz Chaim’s men’s club. Our mission is to  provide service to the congregation and develop to Brotherhood (friendship, camaraderie, fellowship, and support) among our members.

The Brotherhood services the congregation thru activities such as ushering at High Holiday services, constructing and deconstructing the Sukkah, putting on the BBQ (at the begining and end-of-school-year), organizing fundraisers, and making financial donations to the congregation as needed.

We sponsor and conduct annual events including Trivia Night, Whirly Ball, Family Fishing Day, "Ask the Rabbi", Bears/Cubs/Blackhawks watch parties, and informative presentations from our members.  The Brotherhood meets once a month, usually on Sunday mornings at 9:30am, although some events/activities are held offsite at various days/times.  For Sunday morning activities, we always start with lox, bagels, coffee and time for "schmoozing" with fellow members.

Brotherhood is a great way for new and current members to connect, get to know each other, and get involved in Etz Chaim. Please come and join us and see what we are all about.  The Brotherhood calendar can be found below.  

Questions about Brotherhood?  Please contact Gary Pollyea at [email protected].


Meetings 2017-2018

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 9:30 AM 
Sunday, March 4, 2018 -9:30 AM
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Upcoming Events 2017-2018

September 10: BBQ- First day of Religious School
October 1: Build Sukkah
October 9: Monday Night Football Game (Bears Vs. Vikings)
October 15: Deconstruct Sukkah
November 5: Ask the Rabbi #1
November 12: Sunday Football Game (Bears Vs. Packers)
December 3: Presentation featuring Mike Stoller
December 10: Business/Entrepreneur Expo
January 20: Trivia Night
January 21: Ask the Rabbi #2
February 11: WhirlyBall with the Senior Youth Group
February 25: Presentation featuring Mike Stoller Part 2
March 11: Bowling with the Brotherhood
April 8: Golf with Brotherhood
April 15: Ask the Rabbi #3
April 29: Family Fishing Day
May 6: Last Day of Religious School (NO BBQ)



President - Gary Pollyea
Vice President- Len Gesinski
Treasurer - Bruce Beiersdorf
Secretary- Ruben Pena
Activities Committee -Barry Fidlow, Mike Stoller, and David Swanson
BBQ Master/Outdoor Activities - David Swanson
Golf Events - Howard Bender, Al Herbach and Joel Spenadel
Special Events- Al Herbach, and David Sigale
Membership -