Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

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2017 Artist In Residence Weekend Recap

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 4:14pm -- Lifelong Learning

During the weekend of March 3rd-5th, our synagogue was alive with a great deal of joy and energy as well as a feeling of reverence. Joy and energy from the music Rabbi Noam Katz shared with us, and reverence for the dedicated Abayudaya Jews of Uganda whose music inspired his melodies, and whose commitment to Judaism raised his hope for peace among people of all faiths.

Genealogy Class with Congregation Etz Chaim and Beth Shalom

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 4:18pm -- Lifelong Learning

Congregations Etz Chaim and Beth Shalom form the newWest Suburban Chapter of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

Coincidentally, when the Lifelong Learning Committee, along with Foundation Committee member Larry Herman, were discussing ideas for programming around Jewish genealogy and family history in general, a group at Congregation Beth Shalom (CBS) was having similar conversations.

Conversational Hebrew is Back Again!

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 3:22pm -- Lifelong Learning

Are you considering a trip to Israel?

Do you have a son or daughter who speaks Hebrew or is currently learning to speak it?

Have you just wanted to learn another language?

Look no further!  This adult class taught by congregant and long-time Hebrew teacher Marla Friedman may be just what you are looking for! This adult class provides fundamental understanding of Modern Hebrew, basic useful vocabulary and sentence structure.

Renegades, Rebels, and Rogues: Shabbetai Tzvi

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 2:14pm -- Lifelong Learning

In 1648, Shabbetai Tzvi declared himself to be the messiah but did not make much of an impression on the Smyrna community which had become accustomed to his eccentricities. Nonetheless, the rabbis banished him from his hometown, and he spent much of the 1650s traveling through Greece and Turkey. He was eventually expelled from the Jewish communities for violating the commandments and performing blasphemous acts. In the 1660s he arrived in Egypt via Israel.

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