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Happening at Etz

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  • Friday ,
    SepSeptember  29 , 2023
    Fifth Friday: Fire and Rain Shabbat - Celebrating the Ancient Themes of Sukkot

    Friday, Sep 29th 7:30p to 9:30p
    Whenever there are five Fridays in a month, we like to do something different. Since it is the first night of Sukkot, we'll meet in the sukkah for a Shabbat service with songs about fire and water, both of which were part of ancient rituals used to celebrate Sukkot. In addition to the James Taylor favorite, we’ll sing all kinds of songs on our theme such as Ring of Fire, Light my Fire, and Raindrops Keep Fall’n on My Head.


  • Sunday ,
    OctOctober  1 , 2023
    What's the Jewey Dewey Decimal System and Other Curiosities and Wonders of the Etz Chayim Library (Library)

    Sunday, Oct 1st 9:30a to 12:00p
    Join us for the inaugural session of our Sunday morning Library Talks with members of the Etz Chayim Library Committee. Come learn about how books are arranged in our library, how to find and check out a book, and other interesting facts about how the library selects books, our online catalog, and more.


  • Sunday ,
    OctOctober  1 , 2023
    Kol Yisrael in the Sukkah: The Diversity of the Israeli & American Mishpacha with Randi Brenowitz

    Sunday, Oct 1st 7:30p to 9:00p
    Randi travels to Israel regularly to build bridges between the American and Israeli Jewish communities. She will take us on a journey through her most recent Israel trip with the Shalom Hartman Institute where she listened and participated in events surrounding the Israeli court reform controversy and cultural interchange between our communities. The event is an opportunity to hear about the varied social and political dynamics in Israel today and to discuss and ask questions on these topics.


  • Thursday ,
    OctOctober  5 , 2023
    Relaxation Circle: Explore Your Inner Communication System (Rm 12)

    Thursday, Oct 5th 5:00p to 6:30p
    Learn how to fine-tune your innate intuitive first voice with energetic self-healing practices. This allows for your mind to relax as your body relaxation deepens. Your expanded clarity and peace of mind follows within all aspects of life. Click through for more information.


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.


Thu, September 28 2023 13 Tishrei 5784