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  • Sunday ,
    SepSeptember  26 , 2021
     
     
    Life, Death and What Comes in Between: Jewish Perspectives on End of Life Decision Making with Laura Burns, LCSW

    Sunday, Sep 26th 1:00p to 3:00p
    During the High Holy Days, our attention turns inward toward reflection, repentance, and our own mortality. With this post-High Holy Day frame of mind and as we find ourselves dwelling in impermanent and temporary shelters, it seems only fitting to continue thinking about what comes next and how we can prepare ourselves, our loved ones and our medical support teams to ensure that what comes next aligns with our values and desires. We hope you can join us as we explore what Jewish values teach us about planning for our life and preparing for our death. Laura Burns is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works in medical social work and is experienced in Life Care Planning. Everyone is welcome regardless of age, illnesses or previous experience with this topic to attend.

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  • Wednesday ,
    OctOctober  6 , 2021
     
     
    Monthly Meditation with Wendie Bernstein Lash (virtual)

    Wednesday, Oct 6th 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.

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  • Sunday ,
    OctOctober  10 , 2021
     
     
    Rosh Chodesh Group: Cheshvan

    Sunday, Oct 10th 1:30p to 3:00p
    A time for those who identify as women to come together to build community, get to know each other, and celebrate the Rosh Chodesh (new moon, new month) holiday.

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  • Sunday ,
    OctOctober  31 , 2021
     
     
    ETZ Talk: Other Together: Black Jewish Solidarity, Racisms, and Antisemitism with Rebecca Pierce

    Sunday, Oct 31st 10:30a to 12:00p
    Other Together is a presentation on Black Jewish solidarity that explores the ways that racism and antisemitism are inherently linked, how these issues manifest in our communities, and how to navigate tensions created by a white supremacist system that pits marginalized people against each other. Speaking from her perspective as a Black Jew, Rebecca will discuss how white supremacy has historically impacted Jewish and Black communities in the United States, and how this has impacted their relationships with each other. She will use case studies from history to help illuminate the way Black Jewish relations have changed over time and impacted movements against antisemitism and racism. Finally, she'll discuss the struggle Black and Jewish communities share in fighting US white supremacy.

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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

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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).

 

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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.


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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.

Teens

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 NextGenEtzChair@etzchayim.org to learn more.

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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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