Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County


Love Your Neighbor

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 3:49pm -- Rabbi Ricky Kamil

We don’t always associate August with the season of love. However, there is a little-known Jewish holiday which usually falls early to mid-August. This is the holiday Tu B’Av, translated to the not so inventive name of the 15th of the month of Av (occurring on August 16th this year). Like many other holidays, this one does fall on the full moon. It goes back to Second Temple times where, according to the Talmud, people were matched together for marriage. Other than a small liturgical change on the day, not much was done to celebrate the holiday for 1500 years.

Mike Sawyer Bio

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 11:37am -- Mike Sawyer


Mike Sawyer and his wife, Cynde, joined Congregation Etz Chaim in 1985. Their four children attended Etz Chaim’s religious school, and they had their B’nai Mitzvahs here. Three of their six, soon to be seven, grandchildren attend our religious school. Mike and Cynde grew up in Chicago’s south suburbs. They moved to Downers Grove in 1979, and in 2001 they moved to DeKalb County. Although they moved away from the immediate area, they did not move away from the congregation where they raised their children and made so many friends.


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