Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

Rabbi Cosnowsky Congregational-Life

High Holiday Hustle 2014

As I sit up at camp at OSRUI in Wisconsin, watching the campers have the summer of their lives, I cannot help but think about the High Holiday Hustle, which helped to bring so many of our campers here this summer....

Tu B'Shevat

As we continue the Torah cycle reading about our Exodus from Egypt, we also begin to celebrate the renewal that is occurring in Israel. That is, the fifteenth of Shevat (this month in the Hebrew calendar) is...

A Stronger Community

Congregation Etz Chaim takes pride in its members and their roles in our congregational life. Like other Reform Congregations throughout the country, we are making efforts to build a stronger congregational community.

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Etz Chaim's Get Fit Program

I spoke about on Rosh Hashannah  Congregation Etz Chaim is seeking to offer ways to honor our bodies. In connection with the  Connections Team, we are very excited to announce the next phase of Etz Chaim’s Get Fit...

PADS Concert in Memory of Barbara Baruch

On December 9, 2011, death took from us a very special lady. Barbara Baruch was a wife, mother, teacher, friend, and tireless advocate for those in need. In 1959, she and her husband David joined seven other families and...

High Holiday Hustle Update

Well, we are down to the wire! We have only 31 days left until our first annual 5k High Holiday Hustle race/walk/stroll. We have 60 people registered and we would love to see a high turn out to support this wonderful event. The...

High Holiday Hustle Part 2



The plans for the September 8th, 2013, 5k Run/Walk High Holiday Hustle to benefit the Robert Scott Samuels Memorial Scholarship Fund are coming along well. I wish to thank all who have come forward to volunteer their...

The High Holiday Hustle

Well, now the secret is out – in order to play my role of “Purim Galore aka Ms. Poppyseed” I had to drop 20 pounds. To do this, I turned to the teachings of Hollywood, and got myself a...

2nd Annual Puttin' on the Ritz


This week's Torah portion, Yitro, contains a valuable lesson in taking care of oneself. Yitro sees his son-in-law Moses working too hard, trying to be all things to all people and like a good father-in-law, he offers Moses...

Maimonides' Eight Levels of Charity


Some may wonder, "What do you during summer vacation, Rabbi?" Certainly not sit by the pool reading the latest trashy novel. No, anyone with twins does not sit anywhere at any time, especially not by the pool. And reading a novel? What is that again?...

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