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.
Crossing the Sea to Freedom
Friday, April 29, 7:30 pm
"You can't cross the Sea merely by standing and staring at the water." --Rabindranath Tagore
Join us as we celebrate the crossing of the sea and reflect on the crossing of our own sea, overcoming the obstacles which stand in the way of our redemption.
If you are planning to attend, please consider bringing fruit, kosher for Passover cookies, macaroons, matzah, or whatever else you like to dip in chocolate (all Kosher for Passover) for yourself and others to share. There will be chocolate flowing like freedom.
The Spiritual Ascent Toward Shavout
Wednesdays, May 11, May 25 and June 1, 7:30
How do we obtain a wise heart? Jewish tradition teaches that we can achieve this during the seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot (known as the counting of the Omer). Each day is a step in this reflective process as we learn and grow together through the study of Jewish text. One of the traditional texts we study during this time is Pirkei Avot, the wisdom of our ancestors. Come and take a new look at these ancient texts in a unique three part series as we climb the 49 steps together toward Shavuot. No prior experience necessary. Please pre-register so we can plan for materials & chairs.
"Let me see that good land": The Story of a Human Life
Sunday, May 15, 10:00 - 11:30
'Moses fails to enter Canaan not because his life is too short but because it is a human life.' (Kafka) Moses' fundamental sense of himself as 'not a man of words' comes to a poignant consummation in the long speeches he makes to the people. In our discussion, we will look at midrashic and hassidic sources, and address philosophical and psychoanalytic issues.
This class. cosponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica, is free to members of Congregation Etz Chayim, and $10 for all others who pre-register. Hurry - the registration deadline is Thursday, May 12, at midnight. Click here for more information or to register. The at-the-door price is $20 for everyone, and only if spaces are available.
The Lag b'Omer Virtual Bonfire Edition
Friday, May 20, 5:45
This program for the six and under crowd and their families features Shabbat singing, a light dinner, activities for the children including our featured Friday Night Lights Scavenger Hunt, and wine, cheese and conversation (without the children) for the grown-ups. This program is free and open to all, but please let us know you're coming so we can plan appropriately.
The Shavuot Torah, Torah, Torah Edition
Friday, June 10, 5:45
Again, this program is free and open to all, but please let us know you're coming so we can plan accordingly.