Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

Lifelong Learning Opportunites

Contact: Barb Turner

New! Paper Midrash Artist in Residence Recap and Slideshow

Engaging Israel Class Videos

Meetings and Events Information

We continue to develop lifelong learning with a variety of opportunities for adults who wish to expand their knowledge of Judaism, current events, Israel, Hebrew, and Torah. Programs, classes or events may be led by the Congregation’s rabbis or lay leaders, by visiting rabbis or by other outside experts. These programs have included a series on Israel, adult Hebrew and B’nai Mitzvah classes, interfaith presentations, weekly Torah study, author talks, Artist-in-Residence and the Sophie and Jack Edwards Scholar-in-Residence weekends, to name a few. Beginning in the fall of 2015, Etz Chaim became a site for the international Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning and the national Chai Mitzvah programs. Our diverse offerings span every day of the week, Sunday through Shabbat -- morning, afternoon, and evening times.

In collaboration with the Library Committee, Life Tree Cinema: Perspectives on the Jewish Experience is a well-established monthly evening of Jewish or Israeli themed films and discussions. With the Social Action Committee, we continue to provide opportunities for Interfaith Outreach.

In addition and open to all, Lunch ‘n Learn/Senior-Sponsored programs held monthly in the Etz Chaim social hall focus on the arts, history, and current events.

We also partner with outside organizations to offer programs such as Jewish genealogy, Spertus One Book/One Community, and the “Three Synagogue” annual event.

To learn more about the Lifelong Learning Committee (LLC), see our list of Programs and Events as well as read recaps of past programming. We meet one Monday a month at 6:30 PM, seven to eight months out of the year and begin with a potluck dinner. We welcome your participation!

sir photo







Past Programs 2013-2016
Artist in Residence Weekend with Rabbi Noam Katz: March 3-5
Artist in Residence Weekend with Rabbi Noam Katz: March 3-5
Lunch and Lecture with Rabbi Cosnowsky and Ashley Rose: January 20
West Suburban Three Synagogue Program: February 19
Conversational Hebrew Class: November 15 through January 31
Intro to the Prayer Book: Part 5- January 25
Life Tree Cinema: The Brothers Bloom- January 12
Life Tree Cinema: Phoenix- December 15
Rebels, Renegades, and Rogues Lecture Series: Baruch Spinoza- December 12
Introduction to the Prayer Book Part 4- November 30
Legacy Writing- November 19
LifeTree Cinema: The Art Dealer- November 10
Introduction to the Prayer Book Part 3- September 28
May 19- Life Tree Cinema: Defending Your Life
May 13-15- Congregational Retreat
Introduction to the Prayer Book- April 11
Renegades, Rebels, and Rogues- April 5
Sophie & Jack Edwards Scholar-In-Residence Weekend-March 11-13
Faces of Islam Part 2- February 23, 2016
Introduction to Christian Scripture Class (from a Jewish perspective) led by Rabbi Bob- February 5, 12, 19, 26 and March 4, 2016
Program on Linguistics Part 2- December 10, 2015
Book Discussion of  My Promised Land led by Rabbi Bob- November 21, 2015
Program on Linguistics- November 12, 2015
The Third Age: A Dynamic View of Aging- November 8, 2015
Faces of Islam- October 27, 2015
Life Tree Cinema: Perspectives on the Jewish Experience- Crossing Delancy- October 15, 2015
Rhythms of Jewish Living & Purposes of Jewish Living - Instructions from the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning- May 1- August 30, 2015
Faces of Faith- Hinduism- April 28, 2015
Faces of Faith- Sikhism- February 24, 2015
Faces of Faith: Buddhism- January 27, 2015
Country Music FUNraiser- January 10, 2015
Spertus One Book/One Community- December 7, 2014
Artist-In-Residence- October 31- November 2
Faces of Faith: Baha'i- October 28, 2014
What Your Family Should Know- September 14, 2014
Faces of Christianity Part 4- April 28, 2014
Sophie & Jack Edwards Scholar-In-Residence- March 7-9, 2014
Faces of Christianity Part 3- February 24, 2014
Faces of Christianity Part 2- January 13, 2014
Faces of Christianity Part 1- October 28, 2014
One Book/One Community- November 10, 2013
Shabbaton on Mussar- December 7, 2014
Faces of Christianity Part 2- January 13, 2014