Community & Connections

Community, Spirituality, and YOU

Congregation Etz Chaim has a distinctive culture of volunteerism and belongingness that helps to make our community vibrant and relevant. Together with the rabbis, the school principal, and staff, Congregation Etz Chaim members lead, guide, and perform the work of the congregation through various committees and social groups. This thread is woven through not only congregational projects but community ones as well.


The Brotherhood is an affiliate organization that provides an opportunity for the men of Etz Chaim to come together for fellowship, recreation, personal growth and mutual support, while at the same time supporting the mission and activities of the congregation.

Our mission is to provide service to the congregation and to develop Brotherhood (friendship, camaraderie, fellowship, and support) among our members.


The Sisterhood of Etz Chaim empowers women to connect with each other across generations and encourages the pursuit of Jewish values and communal learning. As a strong group of diverse women, we strive to serve the congregation and build nurturing relationships within our community.

Throughout the year, Sisterhood will be hosting a variety of fun events to create community, learn and explore Judaism.

Etz Chaim Committees

Etz Chaim’s distinctive ethos of volunteerism helps make our community a dynamic and vibrant one.

Mid Life Adventures Group

Those who are “Empty Nesters” are encouraged to join us.

For many congregants, once their children have gone through Confirmation, many parents do not attend synagogue events as frequently, but still maintain friendships they have made.

The Etz Chaim Mid-Life Adventure Group is a new group whose purpose is to connect and reconnect old and new members in this great new phase of life. We plan to do this through fun activities which will include social, cultural and secular activities to enrich the fabric of our congregational community.

If you are interested in being a part of planning and/or implementing upcoming events, please let us know - we would love to have your input!

Other activities we are considering on our tentative calendar include:

Party Bus and Downtown Trip
Kane County Cougars Game
Arlington Racetrack Outing
Holocaust Museum Visit
And many more!

Please contact the office for more information or email

Young Professionals

The purpose of this group is to provide a channel by which young professionals

The Young Professionals Group is for congregants in their 20's-40's. The purpose of this group is to provide a channel by which young professionals can add value to their Etz Chaim experience by providing a social group to interact with.

This group usually meets about once a month for dinner and a fun activity such as Kareoke, Whirly Ball, Hiking and more!

If you have any questions, please contact the Office.

Youth Group

At Etz Chaim we strongly believe that children have to enjoy coming to the synagogue or they simply won’t come.

All of our youth programs are planned with this in mind. The result is that our young people continue their involvement well past their bar/bat mitzvah, through confirmation and beyond.

Etz Chaim’s peer-group programs include: Junior and Senior Youth Groups, Kadimah, and B'yachad, Junior Choir, summer day camps for young children, Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) summer camp in Wisconsin for older children, Israel trips supported by the Send-a-Kid-to-Israel Partnership (SKIP) program, and outreach to our students away at college. Our young people also take part in congregational family programs, mitzvah projects, and social action programs.


The purpose of the Senior Group is to give people who consider themselves a ‘senior’ an opportunity to learn, to participate in discussions, and to socialize.
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Lunch ‘n Learn – Sponsored by Seniors but Open to All, usually meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Gathering in the synagogue Social Hall, folks typically over 50 meet at 12:00 PM for an optional lox and bagel lunch followed by either a presentation, a documentary, a movie, or a discussion at 12:30 PM.

Sometimes a speaker, drawn from our community, an organization or nearby academic institution, initiates a discussion. Programs have included field trips to the Milwaukee Jewish Museum and the Oriental Institute in Hyde Park (additional cost), concerts of Jewish music by our rabbis and legacy writing. Films have covered a variety of Jewish themes and historical events.

Currently the cost for optional lox & bagel lunch is $11 per person, but participants are welcome to bring lunch. Coffee, tea and dessert are typically provided at no cost.

Programs are publicized a few weeks prior and appear on the CEC website calendar. To receive more information or to suggest programs or films, please contact Mark Turner, Senior Program Coordinator at or call the synagogue office, 630.627.3912.

Congregation Etz Chaim

Community, Spirituality, and YOU


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday - Closed
Friday - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday - Closed for Shabbat

During the school year the office will remain open on Wednesdays until 6:45PM and Sunday will be open from 8:30AM - 12:00PM


Aaron Robbin, Executive Director
Michele Miller, Bookkeeper
Adrienne Mintz, Administrative Assistant
Nicole Coover-Thompson, Librarian


Andrea Cosnowsky, Senior Rabbi
Jessica Wainer, Associate Rabbi
Marla Friedman, Religious School Principal


1710 S Highland Ave, Lombard, IL 60148
Phone: 630.627.3912
Fax: 630.627.9123