Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

Programs Throughout The Year


High Holiday Family Services This service is geared for families with young children- infants, toddlers, preschoolers through second graders. The service is about 30 minutes in length with lots of music from our songleader and a story from the Rabbi.

Monthly Shabbat Family Services - Services include the junior choir leading us in song.

Monthly Tot Shabbat Services -Services with lively Torah stories from our rabbis and music with our talented songleader.

Sukkot - Service to which children bring packages for PADS and members shake the lulav, smell the etrog, and visit our congregational sukkah.

Simchat Torah - Service with a joyous congregational Torah-carrying and flag-waving procession. Kindergarten students and students who are new to our religious school are consecrated during this service.

Hanukkah - Dinner and service including music, lighting hanukkiot, and eating latkes.

Purim carnival - Run by our Youth Groups, featuring games and prizes for kids and, of course, hamantashen.

Purim - Service that has to be seen to be believed!

Passover - Second-night congregational Seder led by our rabbis and songleader.

Shavuot - Service during which a Torah scroll is completely unrolled and held by congregational leaders as young people who have become B’nai Mitzvah in the past year read from the Torah.

Congregational Retreat - The annual congregational retreat in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin is a very popular program that helps foster real closeness among member families. We gather together at Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute for a weekend of informal study and educational activities on a specific topic. Special activities are developed for the children.