Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

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Spertus One Book One Community

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 11:29am -- Lifelong Learning

It was an honor and a delight to partner again with the Spertus Institute for the One Book/One Community Program as the West Suburban site for an author talk. On Tuesday afternoon December 5th, Chicago author Renee Rosen spoke with approximately 75 congregants and members of the wider Jewish community (including four from Munster, Indiana!) about her historical novel Windy City Blues.

Congregants on the Road

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:29am -- Lifelong Learning

At 9:00 AM November 8th, a bus load of congregants and friends headed up to the Jewish Museum of Milwaukee (JMM)-to see the temporary exhibit called The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat. Part of an exhibit curated bythe Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum of New York, the show included photography, sculpture, painting, and multi-medium artworks through which 30 contemporary artists from around the world reflected on the meaning of Shabbat and new ways of engaging the idea of rest and rejuvenation.

Your Jewish Journey Recap

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:12am -- Lifelong Learning

The Shabbat we shared on November 18th was truly a spiritual experience of reflection and understanding of ourselves and of each other.  Some of us were already friends but, by day’s end, we had learned more about each other and had made new friends in the process.  The diversity of our backgrounds included born Jewish into secular homes as well as into Reform and traditional homes, Jews by choice and on the path to conversion.

Your Jewish Journey

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 1:23pm -- Lifelong Learning

The Lifelong Learning Committee invites you to a special Shabbaton. Saturday, November 18th, from 9:30 AM-3:00 PM Edna Groves, founder of Words That Endure® returns to lead a day of reflection, writing and discussion:

Interfaith Outreach Panel - Recap

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:51am -- Lifelong Learning

On Thursday evening, September 7th, approximately 60 Christian, Muslim and Jewish neighbors gathered in our social hall to participate in a panel discussion, Religion and Compassion in the 21st Century.  Panel members included Pastor Jeanne Davies of the Parables Community, Reverend Myriam Renaud representing the Unitarian Universalist Church of DuPage, Naperville, Dr. Ali Yurtsever, Professor and Interfaith Advisor at Benedictine University and our own Rabbi Fredrick Kamil.   Paul Heinz served as moderator. 

Genealogy Coordinator Needed!

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:16am -- Lifelong Learning

Looking to add leaves to your own family tree?
Have you been, or are you planning to research your ancestry?

The West Suburban Chapter of Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI) is looking for new coordinator from our congregation to work with the coordinator from Congregation Beth Shalom (Naperville).

The two synagogues alternate sites for meetings and programs.

Typical session may include:

Melton: Beyond Borders

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 11:23am -- Lifelong Learning


A text-based historical overview from the late 19th Century through the Six Day War

Taught by Rabbi Andrea Cosnowsky

On Monday mornings for ten weeks at 10:00-11:30 AM in the Social Hall


Life Tree Cinema: The Band's Visit

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:41am -- Lifelong Learning

Eight Egyptian musicians who comprise the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra arrive by mistake in a small town in Israel's Negev Desert. Their booking is set for a different city, and with no transportation out of the town or any hotels in which to stay, the band settles at a restaurant owned by Dina (Ronit Elkabetz), who offers them lodging. Overcoming ethnic barriers, the Egyptians find diversion and companionship with the Israelis through a pervading undercurrent of shared melancholy.

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