Welcome to Congregation Etz Chaim
Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County is a growing, thriving center of Reform Judaism that serves more than 550 families in the western suburbs of Chicago. The synagogue is conveniently located near I-88 and I-355 between Roosevelt and Butterfield Roads, at 1710 South Highland Avenue in Lombard, Illinois.
The congregation was founded in 1960 as Tree Towns Congregation in Elmhurst by eight local families.
In 1970 the congregation was renamed Etz Chaim and in 1972 hired its first full-time rabbi. In 1973 the congregation moved to its present location in Lombard. Rabbi Steven Bob came to Etz Chaim in 1981 as the congregation’s fourth full-time rabbi, and Rabbi Andrea Cosnowsky came to our congregational family in July 2005 as assistant rabbi. Anne Stein joined the staff of Etz Chaim as our educator in 1991.
The congregation prides itself on being a congregation where both young and old are welcomed and cherished. Etz Chaim depends on the members to shape its character through involvement in programming and committees.
Our congregation is affiliated with both the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and the Community Foundation for Jewish Education (CFJE), giving us access to a broad range of services and interactions with the larger Jewish community. We also encourage membership in the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA).