Lifelong learning is a goal we enthusiastically embrace at Etz Chayim. Our learning programs mirror the diverse and inclusive values of our community. We strive to provide meaningful, positive learning experiences across the age spectrum for people at various levels of Jewish knowledge and in a variety of formal and informal learning formats. Participants are encouraged to think critically, to question and to voice their ideas and opinions.
Some of our regular learning opportunitites include:
- Shabbat Morning Torah Study--led by our rabbi and by lay-leaders
- Our Etz Chayim Siddur-- this book itself is a learning document. It contains Hebrew, English, and transliteration so that everyone can follow. It also contains a number of alernative English readings and explanations of the themes, origins and structure of prayers.
- Torah Commentaries-during the Shabbat morning Torah reading you can select from five different translations and commentaries. The books reflect the orientations of different streams of Judaism from Reform to Orthodox.
- Z'raim, Midor l'Dor, Shorashim, Hineini and Teen Chai--our learning programs for children from preschool through 12th grade
- Bar/t Mitzvah- an extensive family learning component is integral to our Bar/t Mitzvah program
- Adult Learning Courses-- stand-alone courses as well as series taught by our Rabbi and/or Director of Learning
- Scholar-In-Residence Weekends
- Service-Leading and Learning to Chant Workshops
- ETZ Talks and other Lectures
- ETZ Bookworms- our monthly book group organized and facilitated by Etzniks
- Rosh Chodesh Women's Group---organized and facilitated by Etzniks
- Women's Retreat-held annually and organized and facilitated by Etzniks with a weekend scholar-in-residence
- Men's Retreat-held annually and organized and facilitated by Etzniks
- Our Library- a lovely space with an excellent selection of books to peruse and borrow