Come learn, sing, pray, and celebrate with us

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. + More


Today's Date

Wed, 05/25/2016
17 Iyyar 5776 until sunset
יז אייר התשעו

Upcoming Events

Friday Night Lights

The Shavuot Torah, Torah, Torah Edition
Friday, June 10, 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 accordingly.


Counting Steps

The Spiritual Ascent Toward Shavout
Wednesdays, 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 two 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.

Make your Membership Commitment to our Community

It is time to make your 2016-2017 membership 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.

Women's Retreat

Connecting with Deep Joy: What the Natural World and Mussar Can Teach Us
August 19 - 21


Come for a restful weekend and take stock of where you are. You'll have the opportunity to meet new women and reconnect with friends; to sing and pray; to study and learn; to laugh and dance. There is time for quiet and time to leisurely sit with friends.  This year's retreat will take place at the Presentation Center, located just off HIghway 17 in Los Gatos. The center has beautiful wooded grounds, a newly remodeled pool and labyrinth, and quality vegetarian and fish meals.  Our rooms are in the dorm this year. Our Scholar-in-Residence will be Rabbi Daria Jacobs-Velde. Registration is now open to members only - click here. But hurry, prices will go up on June 1.

Jewish Heritage Night

Giants vs Diamond Backs
Great Seats, Good Cause, Big Party
Tuesday, August 30, 5:00


We have once again reserved a block of 50 tickets – but this year we are in Section 314, Rows 12-15 - almost directly behind home plate (Check out the seats). The “Special Event Ticket Package” is $36 per ticket and includes the Giants game,a collector's-edition Jewish-themed Giants hat, and admission to the pregame Jewish Heritage Night party in Seals Plaza from 5:00-7:00pm! There will be live entertainment, as well as food and drink specials for purchase. Partial proceeds from every special event ticket sold will benefit local charitable programs in the Jewish community. Don't miss this fun-filled night out at the park to celebrate Jewish Heritage! Last year’s event sold out right away, so act now and order your tickets today. Questions? Contact Ellen Bob.


קהילת "עץ חיים" הינה מקום מיוחד במינו. בית חם, פתוח ומקבל אשר אינו משתייך לזרם דתי כלשהו ומורכב מחילונים, מסורתיים, רפורמים וקונסרבטיבים, משפחות יהודיות ומעורבות, ישראלים ומקומיים המנהלים ביחד חיי קהילה יהודית עשירים.


If you are looking for a place of worship, we invite you to visit. With about 300 member households, we are small enough to know everyone, yet large enough to provide a full array of programming.  We offer regular Jewish services and festival celebrations.  Everyone, member or not, is always welcome.

- Friday Evenings 7:30 pm 
- Torah Study Saturday 9:00 am
- Saturday Services 10:00 am
- Contemplative Service 10:00 am third Saturday of each month
- Fifth Friday Special Celebratory Services 7:30 pm in months with five Fridays.



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