Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

A New School Year

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:39pm -- Jacob Margulies

What a great start to another school year. I thoroughly enjoyed spending Sunday morning at Etz Chaim; I got to see many friends that I had not seen all summer and I got to meet some new ones. Committee Rush was a great place to start. All the committees do wonderful and necessary functions for this community. Without the committees we would not have a congregation or a building. I always enjoyed being on a committee because it allowed me to meet new friends and to see them monthly. Being on a committee also gave me a sense of accomplishment, a sense that I am making a difference. It also helped me grow as a person and as a businessperson.

I spent time meeting new congregants and some that I had not yet met. Everyone was cheerful and in a good mood, maybe it was all the candy that the committees were handing out. A few were disappointed that the mad scientist was not going to be joining us again this year, but I was glad to hear of the fond memories that our kids have of the time-machine. Not only did the kids and parents learn from the experience, but I did as well. I look forward to the next go-round with the history of Jews.

The BBQ was a big hit, though I do not like waiting in lines and I missed out on the fried salami. I cannot thank the Brotherhood enough for all the time and effort that they put in preparing for the feast. I did have chicken and it was real good. It was fun watching all the pre-b’nai mitzvah kids dancing with the DJ. They seemed to get a kick out of the games and the competitions. I think that some of the parents enjoyed it a swell.

Some of the Sisterhood were getting the gift shop ready for the coming year. There are some wonderful items in there. It is always a good place to shop for b’nai mitzvah gifts as well as gifts in general. The profit from their sales goes back into the synagogue in one form or another.

In talking to many people I was offered advice on the changes that our congregation will be facing within the next few years. I assured them that this is a good time for us to look at where we are and where we want to go. I mentioned that both the Educator and Rabbinic Search Committees are still functioning and that is the best place to let your feelings be known about the changes. I am always happy to talk with anyone but the committees are doing a terrific job of organizing the input form the congregation. There is still time to let your voice be heard by contacting either committee. I want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to have their voice heard.

This is a great congregation and part of the reason it is, is because we listen to one another. We listen respectfully and though we may disagree at times we do so in a manner that people are heard and have the opportunity to voice their concerns. I love being here and I loved talking to everyone on the first Sunday of religious school.  I look forward to many more opening Sundays, and not just for the salami.