Located in Palo Alto California, Congregation Etz Chayim melds Reform and Conservative traditions with elements from across the spectrum of Judaism. We focus on spirituality, lifelong learning and service, and offer a warm, inclusive egalitarian community.
As we celebrate Chanukah, enjoying precious time with family and friends, it is also a good time to reflect on our connections with Congregation Etz Chayim. In just the past few months, our community has celebrated the births of two little girls, as well as the b'nai mitzvah of several of our teens. There have been weddings and the b'not mitzvah of two adults this month. We have lost Linda Wittlin, Miriam Russell, and Mindy Krakauer and have supported and grieved with their families and each other during this time of sorrow. We have come together for many festivals including the Chanukah Flametacular and events such as the Chardonnay Shabbat, Family Game Night, and the Sam Glaser Concert.
Etz Chayim has never, and will never, turn away anyone for lack of ability to pay. However, our programs and events are expensive. Program fees and member dues don't cover our annual operating costs. Fundraising is part of our annual budget, and this year the fundraising committee is tasked with raising over $38,000. Your contribution of $180, $360, $540, or whatever amount you can afford is needed and greatly appreciated. To make your donation now, click here. Gifts of appreciated stock may offer you some interesting tax advantages. For more information contact our Director of Finance and Administration, Donna Munic.
Sunday, January 19th, beginning at 7:00 pm
A wonderful Jewish way to celebrate the seasons, the blossoming of the trees and the fruits of Israel. Join us for
the Tu B'Shvat Haggadah in English and Hebrew,
stories and song while snacking on symbolic fruits and nuts and drinking wine
a delicious potluck dairy dinner, cooked by volunteers
For more information or to register, click here.
Rabbi Cartun will be leading Congregation Etz Chayim to Israel for the last time as our Rabbi during 2014. Currently two trips are being planned - Israel 101 for families who've never been and would like a broad overview of the country, and Israel 201 for adults who have been before and would would like to go into more depth on selected topics.
Israel 101 is appropriate for families. Adults and children are often divided into groups during the day, and counselors provide tours and information appropriate to children. Click here for a complete itinerary (subject to change). Click here for pricing information. Click here for a registration form.
Israel 201 is appropriate for adults and children over the age of 13 who are interested in participating at an adult level. Click here for a complete itinerary (subject to change). Click here for pricing information. Click here for a registration form.
Better hurry - prices increase by $100 / person after January 1.
If you are looking for a place of worship, we invite you to visit. With fewer than 300 member households, we are small enough to know everyone, yet large enough to provide a full array of programming.
- Friday Evenings 7:30 pm
- Saturday Mornings 10:00 am
- Torah Study 9:00 am
- Contemplative Service 10:00 am first Saturday of each month
- Fifth Friday Special Celebratory Services 7:30 pm in months with five Fridays.