Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

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3 Synagogues "Women of the Wall"

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 11:42am -- Lifelong Learning
In cooperation with Congregation Etz Chaim, Lombard, Congregation Beth Shalom, Naperville, Temple B'Nai Israel, Aurora, will host Israeli speaker Rabbi Nathalie Lastreger for a presentation entitled "Women of the Wall." Rabbi Lastreger has been the Director of Education and Public Policy for Women of the Wall, an Israeli organization committed to promoting the rights of women to worship at the Western Wall.
A reception with kosher refres

Power, Pluralism and Peoplehood - from Talmud to Today

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:18am -- Lifelong Learning

Power, Pluralism and Peoplehood - from Talmud to Today

-A recap of our Sophie and Jack Edwards Scholar-in-Residence weekend of Enlightening and Motivating Presentations

During our largest turnout of congregants and friends in many years, Rabbi Rachel Sabath beit-Halachmi shared historical influences on today’s reality.  With candor and humor, she provided thought-provoking commentary and concluded by urging us to take action.

Zero Motivation

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 1:53pm -- Lifelong Learning

On Thursday, March 22nd at 7:00 PM, in the Social Hall

Please join us for
Zero Motivation


Satiric, surreal, unexpected and at times wildly funny, Zero Motivation is a savage black comedy that eviscerates an unexpected target: the Israeli army, officially known as the IDF. Whatever your image of the Israel Defense Forces is, heroic or otherwise, it's not what you're going to see here.

Carl Schrag Presentation Recap

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 1:32pm -- Lifelong Learning

Israel, The U.S and the World: What to Watch For in Uncertain Times – Recap

On Sunday morning, February 18th, former editor of The Jerusalem Post, Carl Schrag, addressed adults and high school students regarding the current events in Israel within the context of recent and ancient history. He shared insights into the hopes and dreams of Israelis, and spoke about the significance of Israel’s relationship with Jews in the diaspora, with attention given also to the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement.

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.

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