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		                            <span class="slider_description">Etz Chayim is an independent congregation
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Happening at Etz

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  • Friday ,
    MarMarch  31 , 2023
    Fifth Friday Shabbat Service: Grateful Dead (in-person and online)

    Friday, Mar 31st 7:30p to 9:30p
    Fifth Friday Shabbat is back and will feature music from the Grateful Dead (for the first time in 14 years)! The service will weave the improvisational sounds of these hometown heroes through the classic touchstones of a Kabbalat Shabbat service. Click through for more info and resources to familiarize yourself with the music of the service.


  • Sunday ,
    AprApril  2 , 2023
    ETZ Talk: Hidden in the Haggadah: The Seder's Meaning Revealed with Aviv Matzkin (Library & online)

    Sunday, Apr 2nd 10:00a to 12:00p
    Though the Pesach evening ceremony and meal are called “order” (seder), the steps of the service and the text of the Haggadah seem haphazard and disjointed. If you’d like to know the secret narrative running through the Haggadah, if you’d like to understand the hidden structure to the 15 steps of the seder, if you’re ready to impress your family and friends by revealing the meaning of every detail in the Haggadah, join us for a close reading that will have you repeatedly slapping your forehead and saying, “How did I not notice this before?!"


  • Friday ,
    AprApril  14 , 2023
    Mimouna Celebration and Moufletta-Making (Beyt Knesset)

    Friday, Apr 14th 6:00p to 7:30p
    Welcome chametz back into your life with Mimouna, the North African festival that celebrates the end of Passover. We will learn about Moroccan Jewish culture and traditions while making moufletta, a festive type of bread. Click through for more information on the holiday and to register to join.


  • Sunday ,
    AprApril  16 , 2023
    Interfaith Iftar Dinner (Beyt Knesset)

    Sunday, Apr 16th 6:45p to 9:00p
    Join this free interfaith Iftar meal to learn more about Ramadan and this sacred time of Muslim fasting. The meal and program is hosted by the American Muslim Voice Foundation, in collaboration with Etz Chayim and Spark Church. Click through to sign up.


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. 


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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