Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

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.

Learning Spotlight

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.

Learning News

Interested in Learning Hebrew?

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 PM Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Nov. 7, 14, 28 and Dec. 5, 12

Taught by Rabbinic Aide/Songleader Cindy Michelassi, this class would begin at the beginning - from the aleph bet to words, phrases and sentences. And if you have considered becoming an adult B’nai Mitzvah, this class helps you along that path.

For more information, please Barbara Turner at [email protected] or phone 630.373.7771.






Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 5:00pm
Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 9:00am
Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 9:15am
Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 9:00am
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 9:15am