Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

Volunteerism

Etz Chaim's  distinctive  ethos  of volunteerism   helps make our community  a dynamic and vibrant  one. A  good example  of volunteerism  at  Etz Chaim is the staffing  of our religious school primarily by member  volunteers. Together  with the professional,  office and part-time staff, Etz Chaim members supervise and perform the work of the congregation  through standing  committees that include:

Budget and Finance- oversees synagogue budget and financial status
Caring- assists congregants in times of need
Facilities- oversees the maintenance of the building and grounds
Library- staffs the library and oversees purchases for the collections
Lifelong Learning- develops learning programs for our adult congregants
Long Range Planning- develops recommendations regarding the future direction  and needs of the congregation
Membership- communicates with all prospective and new members
Office and Communications- oversees office operation,  staffing,  space and equipment  needs
Outreach- extends short-term personal services, on a one-on-one  basis,  to members  of the congregation  and to persons associated with members of the Congregation in order  to support  the desire of both Jewish and non­ Jewish  persons   to   be  comfortable,   knowledgeable,  and  involved  with  the  Jewish  religion   or  the  Jewish community.
Ritual and Religious- sets policies for religious observances  in the synagogue
Social Action- plans activities  to engage  the congregation in Tikkun Olam
Ways and Means- coordinates  the congregation's fund-raising  efforts
Youth- oversees the Junior and Senior Youth Groups and college outreach