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

Tue, 07/07/2015
20 Tammuz 5775 until sunset
כ תמוז התשעה

Upcoming Events

Pix from "A STAri Celebration"

To see photos of A STAri Celebration!, Rabbi Cartun's retirement party, click here.


Many thanks to Marcy Abramowitz, John Green, Ira Greenberg, Wayne Kennan, Doug MacLeod, and Jerry Morrison for photographing the event.

Make your Dues Commitment to our Community

It is time to make your 2015-2016 dues commitment to our community.  Paper forms have been mailed, but there's no need to look for a stamp - you can complete your renewal on line by clicking here.  We'd really like to hear from you before the beginning of our new fiscal year on July 1.

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 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.

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.

Fifth Annual Neshama Women's Retreat SOLD OUT

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.
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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