Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

Rabbi Cosnowsky Jewish-Education

Elul

Elul ushers in a time of great preparation for the upcoming High Holidays. 

The theme of the month is renewal and return. The name of the month, Elul, is symbolically appropriate...

Exciting Developments from Israel

Rabbi Edgar Nof, past Rabbi of our sister congregation Or Hadash in Haifa, has started a new congregation called "Bridges for Hope - Gesharim LeTikvah”, which is a nonprofit association/congregation of people, that emphasizes...

The Case for Kashrut


This year, the Ritual and Religious Committee has been reviewing the Kashrut (Kosher) observance guidelines for the congregation. I personally have never followed the rules of Kashrut in my own home before. However, since...

There is More Than One Way to be Jewish

When I arrived in Israel for my first year as a rabbinical student, plastered all over Jerusalem were signs and bumper stickers with the message, “Yesh yoter mi derech...

2012-2013 Lifelong Learning Classes

2012-2013 Lifelong Learning Classes
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Coming up this year are both an Intro to Judaism class and an Adult B’nai Mitzvah class. These are wonderful study opportunities for people to come and learn. Please sign up and/or...

What Do I Do?

 
A few years ago, a congregant friend of mine looked at me and asked me with true sincerity, “What do you do all day?” I was a bit flustered. I mean, what kind of question was that? I would have thought a...

Class Series On What Judaism Has To Say About the Afterlife


Later this month, I will be offering a 3 class series on what Judaism has to say about the Afterlife. The best reason I can give as to why I’m teaching this class comes from my experience with my 7th graders this past week. One of my students asked me...

These Books are Great for Summer Reading


Well, it’s summertime and hopefully the living is easy. I have had time to relax and get ready for the impending arrival of the twins. And because I have had some time, I have started to compile a wish list of books I’d like to read. I’m not sure I...