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		                                    Adult Education		                                </span>
		                            <span class="slider_description">Jewish learning doesn’t stop at Hebrew school. Adults also wish to expand their knowledge of Judaism, current events, Israel, Hebrew, and Torah. Programs, classes, and events are led by rabbis, lay leaders, and outside experts.</span>


Previously, we’ve held programs on Israel, adult Hebrew and b’nai mitzvah classes, interfaith presentations, weekly Torah study, author talks, and artist/scholar-in-residence weekends. Our diverse offerings span every day of the week, Sunday through Shabbat, and multiple times in the morning, afternoon, and evening. 


Each week we read and discuss Torah on Saturdays at 9:00 AM. We examine Torah in the context of our lives and our ideas. Our explorations of the text always touch on world events as well as happenings in our Etz Chaim world. We avoid fancy, scholarly vocabulary, but our conversations regularly return to big themes such as leading Jewish lives in the modern world, our relationship with God, our understanding of truth, and our connection to the Jewish people and the land of Israel. 

Drop in as much or as little as you’d like. For more information, email us at



We have a junior choir and an adult choir that sings one to two times a month. 


The Robert Scott Samuels Scholarship Fund

The Robert Scott Samuels Scholarship Fund is in honor of Robert Scott Samuels, who was taken from us far too soon. It supports those wishing to attend the Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute Camp or CFTY (Chicago Federation for Temple Youth) Leadership Training.

As for Robert, he was an accomplished swimmer and diver at 5 years old. He loved rock and roll music and playing with his older brother Michael, two years older than him. While Robert is no longer with us, this fund can support others in enjoying what Robert cannot.  

The Jeremy Bruder Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is in honor of Jeremy J. Bruder who was tragically shot and killed by a classmate on June 2, 1996. It provides scholarships for the Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute camp and the Youth Israel Trip for young people who would otherwise not be able to participate.

During Jeremy’s high school career, he excelled academically and was a true humanitarian. He actively participated in his school’s mentoring and peer mediation programs, and played several varsity sports. As an honor student, Jeremy had a voracious appetite for knowledge and always carried at least one novel or mechanical operation manual under his arm. His grades, his attitude, and his high moral outlook allowed him to achieve many of his goals but his biggest goal will never be accomplished: to attend the University of Arizona and attain a bachelor’s of science in as well as a law degree. 

He viewed his future with optimistic eyes and would have flourished in any academic environment because he applied the 3 D’s: dedication, desire, and discipline. He was so persistent in training for a triathlon that when he was13 years old the race organizers changed the rules so he could compete with adults! Not only did he finish in the top 20% overall of the Wisconsin race, he proudly accepted the trophy for 1st place in his age group. On top of that, he battled exercise-induced asthma and still performed as well as he did.  

Jeremy constantly challenged himself not only by participating in triathlons, but he summited the Cascade Mountains in Washington State over a period of 21 cold and rainy days when he was only 15. 

While Jeremy is no longer with us in body, he remains with us in spirit, and we’re sure he’s beaming with pride that he’s still able to help people with this scholarship fund.

Tue, March 28 2023 6 Nisan 5783