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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. 

The Book Group meets on the second Sunday of the month to discuss both fiction and non-fiction. 

Drumming Circle

Interfaith Activities

The Jewish and Israel Action Committee  (JIAC) is a group of congregants who are proud and inspired by the accomplishments and contributions of Israel and Jews. We are engaged in articulating the positive aspects of Jews and Israel and working to refute both misunderstandings and deliberate lies of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement as well as anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activities on middle school, high school and college campuses across the country. We arrange for guest speakers, and provide occasional update and action alert emails so that recipients can make their voices heard. See our website:

Mah Jongg hosts drop-in games the first Monday of the month at 10:30. 

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. 

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.

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.   

Neshama Women’s Retreat offers a Spirituality Retreat each summer. 

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 . If you are a member of Etz Chayim and already registered for a (free) LinkedIn account, click here to join the group    

Next Gen Etz - is a Jewish community in their 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. Next Gen is proud to affiliate with Congregation Etz Chayim, but everyone is welcome. No affiliation or membership to Etz Chayim or any other organization is necessary. Click here to request additional information or to be added to our list.

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.

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.

Sun, October 25 2020 7 Cheshvan 5781