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.
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.
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.
Traveling without a Map: Embracing Our Journeys
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.
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.