Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

Rabbi Cosnowsky Miscellaneous-Writings

Standing With Israel

When I was seven years old, my Congregation, Greenburgh Hebrew Center, took us to my first march to support the State of Israel. The photo of me holding one end of my congregation’s banner that came out in our regional newspaper, the Reporter...

Shavuot Customs

The holiday of Shavuot is quickly approaching. On Shavuot, we say the words, "Z'man matan Torateinu," “time time of the giving of our Torah.” We say we were given Torah at Mt. Sinai, rather than it was received. That is, the Torah was a gift...

Yom Kippur Sermon

In 1913, in Berlin, Germany, a young Jewish man. Franz Rosenzweig, had fallen away from Jewish religious practice, like many of his Jewish friends.  Some of them had converted to Christianity, and they urged Franz to do likewise. After all, they lived...

Shavuot and its Traditions

On June 11th & 12th, we will celebrate the festival holiday of Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks. We conclude the counting of the Omer, and we recognize this as the wheat harvest festival when ancient Israelites brought their bread and first...

Introducing Rachel Wood as New Inclusion Specialist

Congregation Etz Chaim has prided itself on being on the forefront of inclusion. The Union for Reform Judaism has charged congregations to become more inclusive to those who have special needs - especially where the religious school is concerned. Although...

2016 Scholar In Residence Program

The Lifelong Learning Committee is bringing a renowned scholar to Congregation Etz Chaim - Dr. David Ellenson, Rabbi. Not only is Dr. Ellenson well known, respected and regarded in the rabbinical world, he is well known in the scholarly world...

Beshallach Lessons

Then said the Lord unto Moses: “Behold, I will cause to rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in My law, or not.” (Exodus 16:4)

This week’s...

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

As we begin to mark up our secular new year calendars, please consider adding these exciting new classes for 2016.

Many people have inquired about the Lifelong Learning offerings this Spring as well as Adult B'nai Mitzvah classes that...

We Cannot Put a Question Mark Where God Has Put a Period

Last Friday was a momentous day. The country moved forward and some groups of people were celebrating this as a historic day. People called and emailed me to ask my reaction. But in truth, my...

Rabbi Cosnowsky

Rabbi Andrea Cosnowsky, Senior Rabbi, came to Congregation Etz Chaim in 2005 from Congregation Beth Adam in Loveland, Ohio. Ordained in 2004 at the Hebrew Union College, Rabbi Cosnowsky had been the Student Leader Intern for...

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