Learning at Etz Chaim
Jewish education is the shared responsibility of the family, the school and our congregation. Congregation Etz Chaim offers many ongoing and special programs to help our congregants be knowledgeable, active and competent members of the Jewish community.
During the school year, Sunday mornings at Etz Chaim are a beehive of activity when the Religious School, serving students in preschool through 10th grade, is in session. Children in grades 3-7 also attend midweek Hebrew classes on Wednesdays.
Adult education programs are offered for members who wish to expand their knowledge of Hebrew, Judaism, current events, and Torah. Programs may be led by the congregation’s rabbis or members, or by visiting rabbis or other outside experts.
Meet Marla Friedman, Religious School Principal
Marla Friedman recently became the principal of our religious school after teaching Hebrew to both children and adults in the school for eighteen years. Providing engaging, meaningful, and fun Jewish education has been Marla’s top priority since joining our staff. Marla is originally from Glenview and attended Washington University in St. Louis for her Bachelor’s Degree and the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration for her Master’s Degree. Marla lives in Glen Ellyn with her husband, Steve, and her three daughters, Emily (19 and a sophomore at Grinnell), Molly (17 and a senior at Glenbard South), and Naomi (14 and a freshman at Glenbard South). Marla loves being a part of Etz Chaim community and is passionate about educating our youth. She welcomes your input and invites to stop by anytime. Her door is always open.
Summer Torah Study
Our Summer Torah Study group meets in the synagogue's library on Saturday mornings at 9:30 AM. Summer Torah Study is led by Ashley Rose.