Inclusion & Diversity
Congregation Etz Chaim is a community, not just a building. When it comes to ensuring that our facility is equally welcoming, we have taken significant and thoughtful steps to ensure that our entire facility is accessible, including but not limited to: washrooms, parking spaces, electronic entry doors, preferred seating in our sanctuary and classrooms to name a few things. We offer sound amplification headsets, large print books for all services as well as magnifying lenses which are helpful for small print.
Live Every Friday Shabbat Service and Holidays
Our worship services are streamed so those who are not able to attend can worship with the congregation
Our Inclusion Specialist is available to support our students, teachers, and staff. Teacher aides are provided to assist students in their class. A quiet room is available for students.
Support to the leaders of our various youth groups is available to ensure that all children and young adults feel comfortable participating in the activities.
Senior programs are available with accommodations as requested
Mental Health Initiatives
Congregants have access to support services through JCFS (Jewish Child and Family Services ). A representative is in our building weekly.
Large print prayer books are available for Shabbat and High Holidays. Lighted magnifying glasses and book lights are also available.
Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Hearing assist devices are available. ASL Interpreters are available upon request. Captioning is provided for High Holiday services as well as other requested programs & services.
The building is completely accessible. A lift is available for limited mobility to get to the lower level of the building. The bima has a ramp for accessibility for all.
We take pride in our diverse congregation of interfaith families, the LGBTQ+ community and all who express interest in being a part of our community. The congregation is very involved with Interfaith activities within DuPage County. In addition, we open our doors for weekly AA and Al-Anon meetings.
Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County, a Reform synagogue in Lombard, serves almost 500 families in the western suburbs of Chicago. We have a tradition of having an inclusive community which welcomes everyone- Jews by birth, Jews by choice, non-Jewish family members, singles, LGBTQIA2+ and people of all ages and abilities. We are a caring community that draws strength on our commitment to honor and respect the diversity of our membership.