Ways to Give
Congregation Etz Chaim welcomes your generous donations to our many charitable funds that help support our efforts and activities. We give in honor of people, in memory of those who are no longer with us, and to celebrate life-cycle events.
Your generosity continues to provide for Congregation Etz Chaim by sustaining our programs.
Thank you for your donation.
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.
The CEC Foundation is to encourage, solicit, recognize, and administer bequests, donations, and gifts to build a perpetual endowment to fund the betterment of CEC.
Barbara Baruch School Scholarship Fund: Provide scholarship money to pay, in part or in full, religious school tuition fees for families who could not otherwise pay these fees.
Building Fund: Used exclusively to pay the mortgage.
Facility Fund: Supports improvements to the building.
General Operating Income: Supports the general operations of the congregation.
Inclusion Fund: Supports inclusion programs and initiatives throughout the congregation.
Jeremy Bruder Memorial Scholarship Fund: Provides scholarships for OSRUI and the Youth Israel Trips for young people who would otherwise not be able to participate.
Landscape Fund: Supports maintenance and improvements to the building grounds.
Lifelong Learning Program Fund: Sponsors educational and cultural events.
Louis & Bettye Kaplan Social Action Fund: For humanitarian aid locally and around the world and special programs.
Music Fund: For major musical purchases and special programs.
Norman Yellin Emergency Aid Fund: This fund provides grants to members of the community in crisis.
Prayer Book Fund Chumashim Dedication: Dedicate a Prayer Book in someone’s honor or memory.
Rabbi Cosnowsky's Discretionary Fund: Spent at the discretion of Rabbi Cosnowsky to support worthy projects and help individuals in need.
Rabbi Kamil's Discretionary Fund: Spent at the discretion of Rabbi Kamil to support worthy projects and help individuals in need.
Rabbi Bob's Discretionary Fund: Spent at the discretion of Rabbi Bob to support worthy projects and help individuals in need.
Ritual & Religious Fund: For the purchase of ritual items and beautification of the sanctuary.
Robert N. Glass Memorial Library Fund: For the purchase of books and media for the library.
Robert Scott Samuels Scholarship Fund: Provides scholarships to Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute Camp or CFTY Leadership Training.
Ruth Joseph Memorial School Fund: For special programming and equipment for the school.
Sophie & Jack Edwards Scholar-in-Residence Fund: Sponsors the annual Scholar-in-Residence program.
Stu Soreff Office Fund: For the purchase of furniture and/or office equipment necessary for the function of the office.
Youth Committee Fund: Supports special projects of the youth groups.
While many synagogues often implement a constant array of fundraising projects requiring frequent contribution requests and time commitments, this is not how we operate at Etz Chaim. Manna is Etz Chaim’s primary fundraising program each year and your participation is needed! Money raised goes into the general fund for our synagogue and this program replaces all other general fundraisers throughout the year.
- Manna are gift certificates from a wide variety of retailers from groceries to hotels to home improvement centers. Congregants purchase gift certificates in specified amounts and use them just as cash when making purchases. Purchasers receive 100% value for their contribution!
- A percentage of certificate purchases ranging from 3% to 13% and more is given to Etz Chaim. Since groceries are the most popular Manna certificate purchases, you can see how 5% of our congregation purchases at Jewel can add up in a hurry! Gasoline cards are available as well.
- Anyone can use the certificates, there are no expiration dates, and our name does not appear on the paper or plastic cards. If less than the face value of the certificate is used, the remainder is refunded in cash or stored electronically on the plastic gift card used by many vendors.
- This year we will be selling manna cards in the lobby of Etz Chaim every Sunday before and after the grade school assembly. As in past years, we will also be selling Manna cards for all vendors once per month throughout the religious school year. Deadlines for order forms and payments are on Sundays at the synagogue office with certificates available for pick up on the next Wednesday afternoon.
* Virtually every business or restaurant that you frequent is listed. Keep Manna in mind when making home improvement purchases or hotel stays for work or pleasure. These purchases can lead to large contributions to Etz Chaim while not spending a penny more than you had already planned. We look forward to your participation in this easy-to-use fundraiser.
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.