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

Fri, 04/24/2015
5 Iyyar 5775 until sunset
ה אייר התשעה

Upcoming Events

Blue and White Shabbat Dinner

Friday, April 24, 6:00 pm

Have Shabbat Dinner with Rabbi Ari Cartun one last time.

Join us for a Chicken Dinner with an Israeli twist as we celebrate Blue and White Shabbat.

Adults $25, Kids $15.  Reservations close at midnight Wednesday, April 22.  Register here.

Followed by a special service at 7:30 pm celebrating Israel, honoring our teachers, enjoying our 2nd and 3rd graders leading a song (and maybe a prayer) for the first time.  Please consider wearing blue and white to add to the celebratory feeling. 

Havana Curveball

Film Screening and Conversation with the Film-Maker
Sunday, May 17, 4:00 - 6:00


Hot dogs! Baseball Treats! Baseball Door Prizes!


Free if you sign up in advance, or $5 at the door.  Click here for more information or to register.  Deadline for advance registration is Wednesday, May13th at midnight.


We encourage you to bring new or gently used baseball equipment to donate to a local under-served team.

Fifth Annual Neshama Women's Retreat

 Traveling without a Map: Embracing Our Journeys 

Where are you now?
Sojourning in a contented place?
Perching on the edge of a transition?
Preparing to embark on a new adventure?
Join us as we explore and learn in community while we map the experiences of our lives. Come for a restful weekend and take stock of where you are now. 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.
When: July 17-19, 2015 (Friday late afternoon to Sunday lunchtime)
Where: Presentation Center, located just off Highway 17 in Los Gatos, 23 miles from Etz. The center has beautiful wooded grounds, a newly remodeled pool and labyrinth, and quality vegetarian and fish meals. Our rooms are in a series of cottages, many with sitting areas and forest views.
Scholar-in-Residence: Rabbi Chai Levy. An experienced congregational rabbi, Rabbi Chai is also a musician and dancer who will lead us in prayer, singing, study, and meditation. You can learn more about her here. Click here to register.

Honoring Rabbi Ari Cartun May 29-31

Plans are underway for a weekend of festivities to celebrate and honor Rabbi Ari Cartun who is retiring after "chai plus one" years with the congregation.  The planning committee has put together a calendar of events which highlights the the contributions Rabbi Cartun has made to the Etz Chayim community and culture.  Watch this space for more details.  If you are interested in helping with this fun-filled weekend, contact Karen Kennan

Introducing Our Next Rabbi

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.

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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