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Interest Groups

Every group or project on this list is a result of a member’s initiative. Look through it and make a connection with the group contact person listed, or ask Ellen Bob, our Executive Director, to make an introduction for you. If you have an idea for a group that’s not on this list yet, talk to Ellen about how to make it happen.

AdventurEtz gets together for hiking, bird watching and other outdoor activities. Contact Steve Branz for additional information.

The Book Group meets on the second Sunday of the month to discuss both fiction and non-fiction. Contact Aaron Schuman for additional information.

Chanting Group Contact Lynn Levine or Laurie Fischer for additional information.

The Handworkers meet on the first Monday evening of the month to chat, nosh and share skills while working on individual or group projects. Quilters, knitters, and other handworkers welcome. Contact Jessica Bernhardt for additional information.

Joy Circle. Contact Carol Hallyn for additional information.

Mah Jongg hosts drop-in games the first Monday of the month at 10:30. Contact Dorothy Berson for additional information.

The Men’s Group invites the men in our community to develop friendships, serve our community, play the occasional game of Pinochle, or go for group bike rides and other adventures. You can join the group by either browsing to our home page and clicking "Join the Group" or by clicking here. Contact Martin Griss for additional information.

The Men’s Retreat offers an annual Spirituality Retreat, usually scheduled in the fall. Contact Wynn Hausser for additional information.

The Mitzvah Singers rehearse multipart Jewish music and music composed by Jews to perform through concerts at local nursing homes, as well as through small group visits when members are in the hospital or at home and can’t travel to services.   Contact Karen Bergen or Sarah Macaluso for additional information.

Neshama Women’s Retreat offers a Spirituality Retreat each summer. Contact Barbara Marcum or Karen Gruebel for additional information.

Networking: Etz Chayim of Palo Alto Professional Networking Havurah is the LinkedIn group for professional networking at Etz Chayim to build community, stay in contact, develop and foLinkdinster professional networking relationships. Check out this page or Email: linkedingroup@etzchayim.org for more information.  If you are a member of Etz Chayim and already registered for a (free) LinkedIn account, click here to join the group http://www.linkedin.com/e/vgh/2347491.    

NextGen Etz - NextGen Etz is a group of young adults (20s and 30s) who get together for fun social events to develop friendships and strengthen our “Next Generation” community! Examples of events include lunch, meditation sessions, holiday parties, potlucks, game nights, and anything else one of us dreams up. The group tries to meet at least once a month. Email nextgenetzchair@etzchayim.org for additional information.

Rosh Chodesh Group   Rosh Chodesh means "head of our new month" and celebrates the new moon each month. It is time for women to gather together to share relaxed time, do some learning and connect with each other. Contact Lynn Levine or Gail Slocum for additional information.

Yiddish Choristers meet Wednesday nights to sing Yiddish songs, with an occasional Ladino ballad thrown in for fun. Members contribute to pay for the rehearsal pianist. Contact Karen Bergen for additional information.