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		                            <span class="slider_description">Etz Chayim is an independent congregation
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Happening at Etz

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  • Sunday ,
    JanJanuary  30 , 2022
    ETZ Talk: "Can We Talk About Israel?" Book Discussion with Author Daniel Sokatch

    Sunday, Jan 30th 10:00a to 11:30a
    "Can We Talk About Israel?" dives into why so many people feel so strongly about Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict without actually understanding it very well at all. Why does it sometimes seem like Israel is the answer to “what’s wrong with the world” for half of the people in it, and “what’s right with the world” for the other half? Book author Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the New Israel Fund, will guide us through the many lenses through which people see the State of Israel.


  • Wednesday ,
    FebFebruary  9 , 2022
    Repairing Racial Injustice: Study and Practice with Rabbi Amy Eilberg and Flaurie S. Imberman (virtual)

    Wednesday, Feb 9th 7:30p to 9:00p
    In this monthly class, participants will check in about their own practice of anti-racism work and dive into learning and action on reparations (broadly). We will study contemporary writings and relevant Jewish texts, and we will research what local leaders of color would ask of us, and what other communities are doing, to repair long-standing racial injustices on the local, state, and national levels.


  • Sunday ,
    FebFebruary  13 , 2022
    ETZ Talk: 1619, 1654, 2021: Jews, Race, and U.S. History with Marc Dollinger, PhD

    Sunday, Feb 13th 10:00a to 11:30a
    With our national reckoning on race, so many American Jews are reflecting on systemic racism and ways we may be able to help. Join us for a candid, and probably difficult, journey through American Jewish history as we explore historical documents about Jews and racism. We will think about what it means to “become American” and the ways that racism has played among and within the Jewish community.


  • Sunday ,
    FebFebruary  27 , 2022
    JIAC: Jewish Refugees from Arab Lands and Modern Day Antisemitism with Sarah Levin

    Sunday, Feb 27th 11:00a to 12:30p
    We will explore how the largely forgotten stories of the one million Jewish refugees from North Africa and the Middle East is connected to contemporary antisemitism. Can the identities, histories, and position of Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews help the larger Jewish communal ecosystem combat the delegitimization of Israel and rising waves of anti-Jewish activism? What lessons are to be learned from the expulsion of seemingly integrated, successful communities of Jews from so many countries? How does this help us understand today’s fixation on Palestinians as refugees and the JIMENA population as usurpers?


Everyone is welcome!

We are Jews who were raised Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Orthodox, or Secular. We are Jews who have or have not been Bar/Bat Mitzvah. We are Jews by choice or part of an interfaith family. Our common thread is that we are all interested in furthering our spiritual life, singing, Jewish education and community participation.  We invite you to come to a service or one of our activities.

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


About Us

Located in Palo Alto California, Congregation Etz Chayim is a vibrant Jewish community, participatory and egalitarian, independent and inclusive, which melds elements from Judaism’s different branches to create our own practices. Together with our spiritual leader, Rabbi Chaim Koritzinsky, our congregants are exploring what it means for each of us to identify as a Jew (or a part of a Jewish family).



Learn More

If you seek a spiritual experience within a diverse Jewish community that emphasizes worship, singing, learning, service and community, Etz Chayim may be a good fit for you. If you want to talk to someone, simply stop by or phone or office at 650-813-9094.


Experience Etz

Shabbat Services

Shabbat evening services are held every Friday at 7:30 p.m. and last about an hour. Shabbat morning services are held every Saturday at 10 a.m., and with Torah reading, last about two hours. Everyone is welcome to attend either service, including services that celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

Adult Learning

At Congregation Etz Chayim, we view adult learning as a stepping stone to deeper knowledge and understanding of the rich Jewish tradition. We offer diverse intellectual, creative and spiritual programming to strengthen connections among congregants and help us integrate Judaism into our lives.


Are you a teenager looking for ways to broaden your involvement with Jewish life in the Bay Area or to make new friends or lend a hand in your community?  Are you a parent thinking about the next steps of Jewish engagement for your teenager? There are many opportunities for teens, and we can help you identify the right one for you.

Youth & Family Education

We offer learning opportunities for families with children as young as two years old through high school. Building community is a cornerstone of our philosophy and mission, and our youth learning programs reflect that value.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

We are exceptionally proud of our Bar/Bat Mitzvah program and how students and families experience the process of preparing for and celebrating this important life event. Our program is rigorous, meaningful and individualized, and serves to build community and connections among the students and families.

Community Responsibility

What inspires you to get up in the morning? What keeps you up at night? Could you answer these questions about the person you live with? Work with? Pray with? When we ask what we as a congregation wish to do in the area of Tikkun Olam, a first step is to have one-on-one conversations to strengthen relationships with one another.

Interest Groups

Etz social groups are member driven. We currently have groups who hike together, read together, sing together, and knit together, among many other activities. Have another interest? Members are always free to start their own groups.

Next Gen

Next Gen is a Jewish community of adults in their 20's and 30's affiliated with Congregation Etz Chayim. We participate in the life of the Etz Chayim community by holding member led events to explore our connections to Judaism and each other. Everyone is welcome. No affiliation or membership to Etz Chayim or any other organization is necessary.  Email to learn more.


Since 1995, our diverse Jewish community has gathered to worship, celebrate, learn, and share life’s joys and sorrows. We invite you to become part of this community.


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