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		                            <span class="slider_description">Etz Chayim is an independent congregation
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High HolyDays 

As with all of our programs at this time, our High Holy Days services will be virtual this year. A dedicated team of Etzniks is working overtime to create engaging and meaningful High Holy Days experiences for us.

Members’ information packets are in the mail. Zoom links and PDFs of our prayer book will be sent automatically, and a group of volunteers will be delivering additional materials directly to members’ homes during the week leading up to Erev Rosh HaShanah. To request a paper copy of our prayer book, sign up to help with deliveries or other volunteer opportunities, submit Reflections items or Yizkor names, etc. click here.

Non-members are welcome to join us for High Holy Days services, but for security purposes (Zoom bombing prevention), must register in advance. Click here for additional information.

Happening at Etz

All Events
  • Wednesday ,
    AugAugust  12 , 2020
    Etznik Talk with Evelyn Merritt: Everything You Wanted to Learn About Hearing Aids...(Virtual)

    Wednesday, Aug 12th 1:00p to 2:00p
    ...but were afraid to ask. Evelyn Merritt has been working as a diagnostic audiologist in the Valley for many years. She also lectures at San Jose State University on topics such as hearing testing, hearing related pathologies, and strategies for coping with hearing loss, including hearing aids.


  • Wednesday ,
    AugAugust  12 , 2020
    Torah Study with Avi (Virtual)

    Wednesday, Aug 12th 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.


  • Friday ,
    AugAugust  14 , 2020
    Shabbat (Virtual)

    Friday, Aug 14th 7:30p to 9:00p
    Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Rabbi Chaim Koritzinsky. Shabbat evening services are held every Friday at 7:30 p.m. and last about an hour. Everyone is welcome to attend the service.


  • Saturday ,
    AugAugust  15 , 2020
    Torah Study (Virtual)

    Shabbat, Aug 15th 9:00a to 10:00a
    This is an ongoing, drop-in class that is open to everyone looking for a deeper, rational understanding of Torah.


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.


NextGen 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.  Join our Virtual NextGen Pre-Shabbat Schmooze  for the duration of the shelter-in-place.

Everyone is welcome. No affiliation or membership to Etz Chayim or any other organization is necessary.


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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