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

Sat, 11/28/2015
16 Kislev 5776 until sunset
טז כסלו התשעו

Upcoming Events

Giving Thanks


As we look forward to spending time with our families and friends, it is also important to remember our larger community by expressing gratitude for what we have and helping those less fortunate than ourselves.


Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Balancing G0d's Gift and Our Responsibility
Sunday, November 22, 7:00, at Etz


Join us for the annual Palo Alto Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service featuring the Gordon Stewart-Tom Trombone Choir, storytellers Tom & Sandy Farley, and leaders from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu faith communities, and dancers from a variety of cultures.  For more information contact Rabbi Shelly Lewis.


Food Drive


We are proud to join 24 other synagogues in the Bay Area in supporting Second Harvest to provide healthy food and hope to families facing hunger during the holiday season.  Second Harvest Food Bank provides food to nearly a quarter of a million people each month.


Last year our members raised $6000 for Second Harvest through the Holiday Dinner Drive.  Help us beat that amount this year.  For every $5 you donate, Second Harvest distributes 10 meals!  Online credit card donations may be made here.  Or make your check payable to Second Harvest Food Bank and mail it to us (by Thanksgiving, please) and we'll take care of it.


Shabbat Service and Pot Luck
Friday, November 27, 5:30


Our shabbat service on Friday, November 27, will begin at 5:30, followed by a potluck dairy Shabbat dinner.  Bring your Thanksgiving leftovers that don't contain meat products and join the fun.


The Season of Light


An Opportunity to Buy Some Great Candles


It's time, once again, to purchase your Chanukah candles and/or stock up on Shabbat candles.  And what candles are more beautiful than those made by Safed Candles?  Come in any time the building is open - soon for best selection.  We are excited to provide this opportunity to purchase some great candles to light your celebrations throughout the year as well as raise some funds for Etz.


Friday Night Lights
Friday, December 11, 6:00 - 7:30


A Chanukah and Shabbat experience for children six and under and their families.  Light the candles.  Eat a Light latke treat.  Enjoy some Light Chanukah entertainment and indulge in some Light conversation with Rabbi Chaim and other parents of young children.  This event is free and open to all, but please sign up so we'll know how many to plan for.


Sunday, December 13, 5:30


All are welcome at our annual Far Out Chanukah Flametacular and Fried Food Fantasia.  Bring your menorahs and candles - our goal is to have 1800 candles lighting up our patio this year.


Two New Learning Opportunities

Both opportunities are free and open to all.  No need to RSVP - just drop in.

Jewish Chants/Niggunim
Monday nights, 7:30
Join us once a month as we blend our voices to experience the spirituality of sacred song. Some of the melodies may be familiar to you, some may be new, all will be easy to learn. We will spend enough time on each one to allow spaciousness and contemplation.
November 23 with Sheri Morrison
December 21 with Wendie Bernstein Lash
Jewish Meditation
Tuesday nights, 7:30
Awaken your heart and mind through a variety of Jewish meditation practices. No meditation experience necessary and no need to sit on the floor.
November 17 with Wendie Bernstein Lash
December 15 with Ellen Stromberg
Every Tuesday night when there is no class scheduled, starting October 6, drop-in meditation with Karen Gruebel. No instruction given, no discussion after. Gather at 7:30 and sit together.
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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