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.
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Non-members are welcome to join us for the High Holy Days. Click here for a schedule of events and to request nametags. For security purposes, all guests must have a nametag. If you are interested in discussing membership, click here.
To see a schedule of events, request additional nametags for extended family and friends, submit pictures or words for publication in our Reflections booklet, order a leaf for our Memorial Grove, add names to our Yizkor list, or make a contribution, click here. You must be a member and logged into our website to see this page.
Preparations for the High Holy Days are truly a labor of love for us, but it takes hundreds of volunteers to make sure everything is in place so that our celebrations run smoothly. If you have a little time to contribute, click here.
For Fall 2015
It is time, once again, to register your children for next year's Youth Education program. Why so early? Even though religious school just ended for this year, we are already planning for next year. To give us time to arrange appropriate faculty, space and materials, please register your children for next year by May 31st. If you had children in the program this year, you will be mailed forms (unless you've already picked them up). Otherwise, click here for a form.
We are delighted to welcome Chaim Koritzinsky as our new Rabbi.
Before coming to Palo Alto, Rabbi Koritzinsky lived in Santiago, Chile, where he was the founding rabbi of Ruaj Ami, an independent congregation that under his watch has grown to 130 families from just six founding families. Rabbi Koritzinsky was ordained at Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts, where he was part of the first class of the school's non-denominational rabbinic training program. A native of Madison, Wisconsin, he is a 1996 graduate of Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he majored in Russian studies. He is fluent in Russian, Hebrew and Spanish. You can see his full resume here.
During the search process, Chaim struck almost everyone as exceptionally warm and engaging, especially in one-on-one encounters and small groups. In the congregational survey conducted in advance of the search, when congregants were asked to identify the qualities that mattered most to them in a rabbi, they cited approachability, friendliness, energy, humor and compassion. This is a word-for-word description of Chaim.