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Mission Statement

Our Mission / Vision Statement
 
Congregation Etz Chayim
is a vibrant Jewish community
guided by a vision for our synagogue:
participatory and egalitarian,
independent and inclusive,
feels like home.
 
We’re growing a Jewish community
composed of people with diverse beliefs and backgrounds.
We recognize Judaism as an evolving religion
deeply rooted in tradition.
We embrace both spiritual and intellectual inquiry,
draw selectively from Judaism's different branches,
create our own practices.
 
And we love to sing.
 
Like an extended family,
our members actively care for and support each other
through life cycles, annual cycles, and life's ups and downs.
 
Together, we engage in lifelong learning
individually and communally,
as adults, families, and youth,
through reflection and questioning,
singing and music,
study and prayer.
 
Our members drive congregational life
supported and inspired by our rabbi and staff,
creating an engaging, joyful, and meaningful
Jewish environment open to everyone.