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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

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Today's Date

Wed, 03/04/2015
13 Adar 5775 until sunset
יג אדר התשעה

The Search for our New Rabbi

 

The search for our new rabbi is coming to a close.  We have two finalists.  One will be visiting March 6-8:

 

Schedule

Friday, March 6, 7:30 pm, Erev Shabbat Services led by the rabbinic candidate followed by kiddush and oneg
Saturday, March 7, 9:00 am, Torah Study led by the rabbinic candidate.  (S)he will also be available for conversation in the Doubletree room during the Shabbat Oneg after services.
Sunday, March 8, 9:45 am,  Coffee & Conversation with the candidate, Q & A moderated by Evan Goer
Sunday, March 9, 11:30 am, The candidate will participate in religious school Tefilah
Sunday, March 9, noon, For Teens 13-18 only, Pizza lunch.  Reservations requested, please click here.


During the visit, the candidate will also be meeting with members of the Board, committee chairs, social group leaders, the Rabbinic Search Committee Advisory Group and the Rabbinic Search Committee.  (S)he plans to observe part of the Teen and Adult program about Israel advocacy on Sunday afternoon, as well.

 

Click here for FAQ.  For additional information on our rabbinic candidates, please click here.  Note - you must be a member with login credentials to access this page.  If you are a member but don't have login credentials, you can request them by clicking here. If you have additional questions, please contact Ellen.

 

The second finalist will be visiting March 13-15.  Watch this space for a more information.

Purim Dinner & Improv Megillah

Wednesday, March 4th
Dinner at 6:00, Megillah Improv around 7:00

 

Sorry, the room is full.  We can't take any more dinner reservations.  Please come at 6:45 for the service or 7:00 for the Megillah Improv.  There will be drinks.  And food.  But mostly drinks.  Bring a box of mac & cheese to use for a gragger.  Wear a costume if you want.  You can come to the dinner and not the Megillah reading, but why would you want to?  You can come to the Megillah reading and not the dinner if you've not already registered.  You don't need to RSVP.

Israel Education and Advocacy Program

For Teens and Adults
March 8, 12:30 - 3:00

 

Join other teens and adults for an educational program created by the Jewish Community Relations Council to provide teens and adults with the background knowledge and confidence to engage in conversation about Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  This is the second class in a two-part series.  For more information click here.

 

This program is free and open to all, but you must register in advance by clicking here.

Passover

 

Second Seder - Saturday, April 4th

Join us for Second Night Seder.  We'll have two different Seders happening in different rooms at the same time.  Both seders will offer the traditional songs and symbolic foods, a catered, gourmet dinner with a chicken or vegetarian option, and a wonderful community to share the celebration with.  Click here for more information or to register.  But hurry - the deadline is Sunday, March 29th, at midnight. This will be enforced, as we have to give final numbers to the caterer.

 

First Seder (Home Hospitality) - Friday, April 3rd

Looking for a seder for the first night?  Have room for a few guests?  E-mail Ellen for Seder-matching.

 

Resources
Click here for Rabbi Cartun's seder guide.

 

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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