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

Introducing Rabbi Chaim Koritzinsky

We are delighted to 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.

Chardonnay Shabbat

Friday, August 21, 6:30-7:30
All are welcome

Come meet our new rabbi, celebrate Back to Shul with us, and discover what makes our community so special. Enjoy refreshing wines/other drinks, tasty appetizers, and relaxed, interesting chats. We will have snacks and activities for the kids to give the adults time to schmooze.  No need to RSVP or dress for the occasion - just drop in.

High Holy Days


Summer is only half over, but behind the scenes we are already hard at work planning for the High Holy Days.  Preparations 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.


To see a schedule of events, request additional name tags, submit pictures or words for publication in our Reflections booklet, order a leaf for a Memorial Grove, add names to our Yizkor list, or make a contribution, click here.


For logistics information, click here.


If you are interested in discussing membership, click here.

Religious School Registration is Now Open

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.

Second Annual Men's Retreat

Legacies: Creating our Legacy
November 6 - 8

The Etz Men’s Retreat will enable greater connection with men at Etz and a sharing of Jewish identity and spiritual experience among male adult members of Etz Chayim. This is an opportunity to establish and deepen friendships with men in the Etz community, and have fun together.
For more information or to register, click here.  But hurry - space is limited.
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 
- Saturday Mornings 10:00 am
- Torah Study 9:00 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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