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  • Monday ,
    OctOctober  10 , 2022
    Sukkot: Seven Days or Eight? and Other Confusing Descriptions in the Bible - with Abra Greenspan (Sukkah)

    Monday, Oct 10th 7:00p to 8:30p
    Sukkot is mentioned throughout the Hebrew Bible, but it is called different names in different places. There are confusing instructions (or no instructions at all) about who is to celebrate, when, where, why and how! Join Abra for an evening of traveling through the texts to determine what is going on with the evolution of the celebration of Sukkot.


  • Thursday ,
    OctOctober  13 , 2022
    Women's Night in the Sukkah

    Thursday, Oct 13th 6:00p to 9:00p
    Ladies, please join us for our very own night in the sukkah. This will be dairy potluck, click through for the sign up form. There will be music, art and conviviality -- we hope to see you there!


  • Thursday ,
    OctOctober  20 , 2022
    Dimensions of Racism and Structural Injustice with Spark Church and Hope Horizon (Rm 25)

    Thursday, Oct 20th 7:00p to 8:30p
    Join Congregation Etz Chayim and Spark Church as we host a series of conversations where we look at various dimensions of structural injustice and how it relates to racism: in immigration, educational inequality, criminal justice, and economic inequity, after which we will think together about action we might take to challenge these systems. This series will be facilitated by Hope Horizon East Palo Alto.


  • Friday ,
    OctOctober  21 , 2022
    Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Guest Speaker Jeremy Ben-Ami following the service (Beyt Knesset & Online)

    Friday, Oct 21st 7:30p to 9:00p
    Jeremy Ben-Ami, Founder and President, J Street, will speak on A Critical Juncture for Democracy: Israel, the U.S, and the American Jewish community - the ever-changing relationship. We are at an inflection point in both Israel and the US. Midterms are around the corner with our Democracy at stake, Israel is heading to its fifth election in less than four years and antisemitism is on the rise. The question naturally arises —“what can our community do to address these challenges and fulfill our moral obligation to tikkun olam?”


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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