At Congregation Etz Chaim, we have a very special Nationally Accredited Religious School. All of our Judaica faculty volunteer each week to teach our students. Our Hebrew faculty is very skilled and provides our 3rd through 7th grade student’s excellent preparation for participating in and leading congregational worship. Our entire faculty is made up of some 70 people. Many of our faculty are long time congregants as well as parents of our students. We have been excited to be able to celebrate so many significant anniversaries of so many of our faculty, some of whom have worked as part of our Religious School faculty for 25 years.
Our Religious School, grades Pre-K through 10th grade, meet at Etz Chaim on Sunday mornings. We also have a mid-week Hebrew program for students in 3rd-7th grade who attend on Wednesday afternoons.
We are very proud of our school and its accomplishments. We have a very high percentage of students who continue their Jewish education after they become Bar/Bat Mitzvah. We also put a significant emphasis on family education, encouraging our parents to be a part of their child's Jewish education.
Religious School Principal, Marla Friedman
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.
There is no Hebrew school on Wednesday, November 21 and no Sunday school on Sunday, November 25.
School Closing Information
If we need to cancel school because of bad weather we will do four things:
1) Send an email blast by 7:30 AM on a Sunday and by 2:00 PM on a Wednesday.
2) Post it on the home page of our Etz Chaim webpage.
3) Post it on the Etz Chaim Facebook page. Make sure you don’t miss anything by Liking us on Facebook.
4) Post it on the Emergency Closing Center on the internet
If we need to close for some unforeseen reason, not due to bad weather, we will contact you via phone.