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].


Upcoming Events 2018-2019

BBQ - Opening Day of school – Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 9:30am start, 11:30 lunch
Put up Sukkah – Sunday, September 23,2018 - 9:30am outside         
Take Down Sukkah – Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 9:30am outside
General Meeting – Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 9:30am Lower Level
Bears Game – Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:30am Lower Level
Trivia Night – Saturday, January 26, 2019 – 6:30pm Social Hall
Purim Carnival/Brotherhood Prepares & Serves Lunch - Sunday, March 17,   2019  -10am start, 11:30am lunch - Social Hall
General Meeting – Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 9:30am Lower Level
BBQ Last Day of School - Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 9:30am start, 11:30 lunch



Co-Presidents - Gary Pollyea, Ruben Pena
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 -