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 “gaily decorated baskets of fruit” 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 - Party including educational games, entertainment and, of course, 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.

Religious School Family Programs - Our religious school offers at least one family program for each grade level each year. Some of these programs are on Shabbat and others are during Religious School on Sunday mornings.

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.