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

Sun, 08/30/2015
15 Elul 5775 until sunset
טו אלול התשעה

Upcoming Events

Lots of Chances to Check Us Out

Back to School BBQ

Saturday, August 29th, 5:00-7:00
Especially for families with children through 8th grade
Meet Rabbi Chaim, schmooze with your friends, and chill before starting religious school on Sunday.  We'll supply the hotdogs and popsicles, you bring a non-dairy salad or side dish.  It's free, but please click here by midnight Thursday, August 27th, to let us know you are coming so we can plan food, chairs, etc.
Teen Lunch with Rabbi Chaim
Sunday, August 30, 12:30-2:00
Especially for teens in 10th - 12th grade
Come have pizza & salad and schmooze with Rabbi Chaim and each other.  Share secrets about our new rabbi that only a teen would know.  It's free, but please click here by midnight Thursday, August 27th, to let us know you're coming so we can order enough food.

Every Shabbat
Friday Night services 7:30 pm
Saturday morning Torah study (no previous knowledge required) 9:00 am
Saturday morning services 10:00 am

High Holy Days


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.


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.

Introducing Rabbi Chaim Koritzinsky

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.

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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