President 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.

School Principal Marla Friedman

Marla Friedman recently became the principal of our religious school after teaching Hebrew to both children and adults in the school for eighteen years. Providing engaging, meaningful, and fun Jewish education has been Marla’s top priority since joining our staff.