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.
It is time to make your 2015-2016 dues commitment to our community. Paper forms have been mailed, but there's no need to look for a stamp - you can complete your renewal on line by clicking here. We'd really like to hear from you before the beginning of our new fiscal year on July 1.
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 announce that the Etz Chayim Board of Directors has chosen Chaim Koritzinsky as our new Rabbi, starting July 20, 2015.
Since 2008, Rabbi Koritzinsky has been living in Santiago, Chile, where he is 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 his visits to Etz, 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.
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