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Interest Groups

Every group or project on this list is a result of a member’s initiative. Look through it and make a connection with the group contact person listed, or ask Ellen Bob, our Executive Director, to make an introduction for you. If you have an idea for a group that’s not on this list yet, talk to Ellen about how to make it happen.

AdventurEtz gets together for hiking, bird watching and other outdoor activities. Contact Steve Branz for additional information.

The Book Group meets on the second Sunday of the month to discuss both fiction and non-fiction. Contact Aaron Schuman for additional information.

Drumming Circle - contact David Rosen for additional information.

Interfaith Activities - contact the office for additional information.

Mah Jongg hosts drop-in games the first Monday of the month at 10:30. Contact the office for additional information.

The Men’s Group invites the men in our community to develop friendships, serve our community, play the occasional game of Pinochle, or go for group bike rides and other adventures. You can join the group by either browsing to our home page and clicking "Join the Group" or by clicking here. Contact Don Goer for additional information.

The Men’s Retreat offers an annual opportunity for greater connection among participants, a deeper experience of community at Etz, and a sharing of our Jewish identity and spiritual experience / expression. The 2020 retreat is August 14-16. Contact Wynn Hausser for additional information.

The Mitzvah Singers rehearse multipart Jewish music and music composed by Jews to perform through concerts at local nursing homes, as well as through small group visits when members are in the hospital or at home and can’t travel to services.   Contact Karen Bergen or Sarah Macaluso for additional information.

Neshama Women’s Retreat offers a Spirituality Retreat each summer. Contact Barbara Marcum or Lenore Cohen for additional information.

Networking: Etz Chayim of Palo Alto Professional Networking Havurah is the LinkedIn group for professional networking at Etz Chayim to build community, stay in contact, develop and foLinkdinster professional networking relationships. Check out this page or Email: for more information.  If you are a member of Etz Chayim and already registered for a (free) LinkedIn account, click here to join the group    

NextGen Etz - NextGen Etz is a group of young adults (20s and 30s) who get together for fun social events to develop friendships and strengthen our “Next Generation” community! Examples of events include lunch, meditation sessions, holiday parties, potlucks, game nights, and anything else one of us dreams up. The group tries to meet at least once a month. Email for additional information.

Ruach Dance - Join us in trying out a new way of engaging in prayer and experiencing community -- through free-form movement, guided meditation/ecstatic dance (the kind you'd do when no one is watching). Have fun and find something greater than yourself through movement to beautiful music, with kavannah (intention) that draws on Jewish texts and ideas. Contact Gail Slocum for additional information.

Yiddish Choristers meet Wednesday nights to sing Yiddish songs, with an occasional Ladino ballad thrown in for fun. Members contribute to pay for the rehearsal pianist. Contact Karen Bergen for additional information.

Sun, April 5 2020 11 Nisan 5780