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Cheshbon Cheshvan

Join us for an accounting of race during the Hebrew month of Cheshvan (all programs are virtual):

The One Truthiness - Sunday, October 18. Click here for additional information or to register.

Reflecting on Race with Rabbi Chaim - 4 Wednesdays beginning October 21. Click here for additional information or to register.

Visit to St Mark AME Zion Church - more information to follow.

Listen to Rabbi Chaim's Yom Kippur D'var Torah on Race. - Click here.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the office is sporadically staffed and all programs are virtual. If you'd like to visit in person, please contact us at to make an appointment.

Happening at Etz

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  • Wednesday ,
    OctOctober  21 , 2020
    Torah Study with Avi (Virtual)

    Wednesday, Oct 21st 7:00p to 9:00p
    This is an ongoing, drop-in class that is open to everyone looking for a deeper, rational understanding of Torah. No Hebrew skills or Torah study experience are required. For more information or to join this class, contact Avi.


  • Wednesday ,
    OctOctober  21 , 2020
    Reflecting on Race with Rabbi Chaim (Virtual)

    Wednesday, Oct 21st 7:30p to 9:00p
    Following up on his talk at Kol Nidre, Rabbi Chaim is offering four sessions to reflect together on issues of race.


  • Wednesday ,
    OctOctober  21 , 2020
    Yiddish Choristers with Karen Bergen (Virtual)

    Wednesday, Oct 21st 7:45p to 8:45p
    The group will offer virtual sing-alongs, relying on lead singers who know the songs well and can break them down for learners.


  • Friday ,
    OctOctober  23 , 2020
    Pre-Shabbat Check-in (Virtual)
    Friday, Oct 23rd 1:00p to 2:00p
    A casual conversation with Etzniks beginning with a short teaching followed by the sharing of highlights, challenges, or reflections from the week.


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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