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		                            <span class="slider_description">Etz Chayim is an independent congregation
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Registration and Information for Etz High Holy Day Services

Members, click here for more information about our observances and completing paperwork online.
Non-members who would like to join us can click here for more information about guest attendance.

Make your Membership Commitment to our Community

It's time to make your 2021-2022 membership commitment. Current members can complete their renewal online by clickinghere

Not a member of Etz yet and think it's time to formalize your relationship with our community? Clickherefor more information.

Happening at Etz

All Events
  • Thursday ,
    JulJuly  29 , 2021
    Zooming the Talmud: Hadran Shabbat with Rabbi Emeritus Ari Cartun (virtual)

    Thursday, Jul 29th 7:30p to 9:00p
    Besides some of the general concepts of Shabbat rest and celebration, there is a grab-bag of other things in this tractate: Did you know: *Angels don't speak Aramaic? *Hands always need washing because they're so busy? *We don’t have to relight Chanukah candles if they blow out? *Why King David was treated like a bread tray? *Why parents need to speak kindly and calmly to their family? *If you're lost in space and time and can't remember when the last Shabbat was, when is the next one? And more!


  • Wednesday ,
    AugAugust  4 , 2021
    Etznik Talk: How Can We Solve the Housing Crisis? with Sheryl Klein (virtual)

    Wednesday, Aug 4th 12:00p to 1:00p
    Over the next 18 months, California cities are working on their "Housing Element Plans" to plan for future housing growth. Palo Alto must plan for 6,086 additional housing units. Come learn with Sheryl Klein more about ideas and strategies that can be used to accommodate this growth. We will also explore the term "affordable housing" and what it really means: How it is built (who pays for it?) and how it most often provides people with a lot more than a roof over their head. Sheryl works for Alta Housing, a community based non-profit that builds and manages affordable housing in Silicon Valley and is on the Palo Alto City's Housing Element Committee. She will share some ideas and strategies that can be used to accommodate this growth.


  • Wednesday ,
    AugAugust  4 , 2021
    Monthly Meditation with Wendie Bernstein Lash (virtual)

    Wednesday, Aug 4th 2:00p to 3:00p
    Join the new monthly virtual meditation group on the first Wednesday of the month at 2 pm. The first 45 min will include some teaching around a theme, a chant and a meditation. Afterwards we will have some time to share and connect. Come experience a variety of meditations and be part of a growing meditation community at Etz Chayim.


  • Sunday ,
    AugAugust  8 , 2021
    Contemporary Antisemitism: A Moderated Etz Conversation (Library)

    Sunday, Aug 8th 11:00a to 12:30p
    You are invited to join us in a moderated group conversation on contemporary antisemitism where each person will have the opportunity to voice their ideas and concerns free of personal judgment. We are witnessing rising antisemitism manifested in bigotry against Jews across the United States and the world, including anti-Israel activism. Harassment incidents of our kids on school and college campuses are increasing. It is critical that we support each other as Jews, regardless of political affiliation. Rabbi Chaim will introduce the topic and frame the conversation. Ted Schachter and Martin Griss will offer commentary on source material that will be distributed the week prior. Mark Balch will moderate the conversation to facilitate inclusivity and provide everyone with an equal voice Please RSVP before August 1, so we can plan for appropriate accommodations. We look forward to mutual support throughout the Etz community during trying times.


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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