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		                            <span class="slider_description">Music is a cornerstone of CEC and one of the greatest things about being part of our community. We believe in the uplifting effect and sense of belonging that music and song can bring to our services.</span>

Our Adult Choir helps lead the congregation in song.  They sing both traditional litugical melodies and new arrangements.  The choir sings at one to two Shabbat services per month and at many of the High Holidays services.  The choir typically rehearses twice a week in preparation for the High Holidays, and twice a month for the rest of the year.  


Jason Hill, Adult Choir Director

Jason joined Congregation Etz Chaim in July of 2021.  Jason is originally from Muskogee, OK, but after attending graduate school at the Chicago Conservatory of Music and Seminary at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University, he now lives in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago. Jason has served on church staffs since he was 15 years old. In addition to his passion for sacred music, he has been working as a musical theatre music director, pianist and keyboardist for 20 years, including New York productions, national hours of Broadway shows and professional regional theatre. Other career highlights include serving as Pianist in the Marine Band (MARFORPAC), Carnival Cruise Lines and Women of Ireland.

Jason stays busy working in musical theatre in Chicagoland, doing social justice work, working out, biking, and being cat-dad to Skyler and Catain Jack Harkness.

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Cindy Michelassi, Song Leader

Cindy has been a member of Congregation Etz Chaim since 1990. She served on the Board of Trustees for 8 years, and taught in the religious school for 12 years. She began song leading in the religious school in 1993, and became the congregation’s Song Leader in 1995. Cindy is a 26 year veteran of Hava Nashira and Shabbat Shira, the annual Song Leading and Music Conferences held at Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Cindy has certifications from the URJ’s Synagogue Leadership Institute and the Rabbinic Aid program. She currently represents our congregation as a member of the Elmhurst Interfaith Leadership Network. She has worked for many synagogues and Jewish organizations in the Chicago area, including Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors in Geneva, the Chicago area B’nai B’rith Youth Organization and the JCC Apache Camp. She is currently also serving as music and service leader for Temple B’nai Israel and Aurora Jewish Renewal Congregation in Aurora, and Temple Beth El in Rockford. She has taught adult Hebrew and adult B’nei Mitzvah classes for many years at Congregation Etz Chaim. Cindy has produced four recordings of Jewish music. Her original composition, “R’fuah Sh’leimah” is published in Manginot: The Complete Jewish Songbook for Children, Volume II. Visit Cindy’s web site

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