Lynda Gutcheon began the Jewish Education Interim program a year ago. She has spent the year at Congregation Kol Haverim after having served The Temple in Nashville, TN, as their Director of Education for 30 years. She now joins Etz Chaim as our Interim Director of Education.
On Tuesday, December 24, 2013 Rabbi Bob led a group of 33 youth congregants to Israel. During their travels throughout the country, they wrote about their experiences.
The purpose of the Senior Group is to give seniors and other congregation members and others in the community an opportunity to participate in discussions and to socialize.
Brotherhood is Congregation Etz Chaim’s men’s club. We provide service to the congregation by ushering at High Holidays, constructing and deconstructing the sukkah, cooking for the end-of-school-year BBQ, and making financial donations to the congregation as needed. We sponsor annual events including Soup, Bread and Game night, Trivia Bowl, an art auction and a golf outing. We meet one Sunday a month at 9:30 AM, usually in the mutipurpose room at the synagogue, for a lox and bagel brunch, good conversation, and an interesting speaker.
The Social Action Committee works to achieve balanced support for a blend of social action causes and to include as many members of Etz Chaim in this work as possible. We encourage Tikkun Olam by giving congregants opportunities to roll up their sleeves and give to others through their own hard work on many programs and through donations to the Louis and Bettye Kaplan Social Action Fund and the lobby tzedakah box.
Congregation Etz Chaim welcomes your generous donations to our many charitable funds that help support our efforts and activities. We give in honor of people, in memory of those who are no longer with us, and to celebrate life-cycle events.
Steve Samuels and his family
on the death of his brother,
David Alan Samuels.
Carol Davis and her family
on the death of her mother,
A. Winifred Blewitt.
Please join us for this ground-breaking documentary and join the discussion led by Alta Goldstein, Rebbetzin of the Chabad Jewish Center, Naperville.
May 7th 2:00 – 4:00 PM Try to arrive 1:45 PM No cost, but RSVP required. Please email [email protected], or phone 630.627.3912 by May 5th.
We have a new and exciting committee at Etz Chaim. The committee started with a conversation and a generous offer from one of our members. Al Herbach, who was president of Etz Chaim a few years ago, facilitates strategic plans for all sorts of organizations with his business partner Becky Davenport. They generously offered to lead a strategic planning initiative for the Congregation.