Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

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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

BEYOND BORDERS: THE HISTORY OF THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT

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.

Chai Mitzvah

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 2:54pm -- Lifelong Learning

Consider being part of the 3rd annual (and updated) national Jewish Learning Program taking place here at Congregation Etz Chaim:

Sunday mornings, 10:00 – 11:30 AM for 10 monthly sessions

Text fee:  $36.00

What bagels are to brunch
Chai Mitzvah is to the soul.
What chopped liver is to rye bread
Chai Mitzvah is to the soul.
What wine and challah are to Shabbat
Chai Mitzvah is to the soul.

Melton Classes

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 2:23pm -- Lifelong Learning

Back by Popular Demand!

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning – Core Year One

What? Rhythms of Jewish Learning and Purposes of Jewish Learning

When? Sundays, 12:30 PM-2:45 PM with a 15-minute break

Where? Right here at Congregation Etz Chaim

Created at Hebrew University, taught by specially trained Melton teachers, these dynamic, thought-provoking classes are designed for YOU, regardless of your background and educational experience.

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.

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