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Youth and Family Education

Congregation Etz Chayim is an independent congregation, unaffiliated with any movement. We draw primarily from Reform and Conservative Judaism as we navigate and craft our 21st century Jewish lives.

At the heart of Jewish living and learning is the question and response. Our learning programs are rooted in this approach. We ask questions and explore our Jewish texts and historical experience seeking wisdom, values, ethics, history and traditions to guide us in understanding what it means to be Jewish and how to live Jewish lives.

Youth and Family Learning at Etz Chayim partners with families in developing and strengthening Jewish identity and connections to K'lal Yisrael, the world Jewish community. We interact with the historical, spiritual and cultural Jewish experiences through a variety of learning modalities including text-study, song, prayer, art, movement, discussion, story-telling, field trips, projects and technology. We do all of this with a focus on ensuring that the learning is experiential, deep, relevant and engaging.

We provide learning opportunities for Jewish children and their familes from preschool through high school. We recognize that families come in all different configurations with different interests and desires for Jewish learning and for finding community. We embrace the diversity of the members of our congregation and are committed to being an egalitarian, warm, inclusive community. Many of our programs are also available for families who are not members of the congregation.

 Our programs provide students with a foundation to:

  •   Live ethical lives grounded in Jewish values

  •   Observe Jewish holidays and rituals at home and in a synagogue community

  •   Participate in Shabbat and Holy Day services with confidence and understanding

  •   Treasure and draw strength and insights from the centuries of Jewish religion and civilization 

  •   Explore and find their place as a member of K'lal Yisrael, the world Jewish community

More information about our programs can be found by exploring the tabs below or by contacting our Director of Learning, Abra Greenspan. 

For questions about students with special needs, please contact Abra.

Financial concerns should not be a barrier to full participation in our programs.We are able to offer scholarships, partially through the support of the Jewish Community Federation.  For questions regarding financial assistance, please contact our Executive Director, Ellen Bob.


Click here for a registration form.


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