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Happening at Etz

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  • Wednesday ,
    MayMay  1 , 2024
    Mimouna Celebration

    Wednesday, May 1st 6:00p to 9:00p
    Rooted in the Jewish communities of North Africa, Mimouna is one of Sephardi Judaism’s most beautiful celebrations. It is held the day after Passover, marking the return to eating hametz. We will have traditional moufletta, Moroccan sweets, henna, craft activities, and dancing. Click on "More info" below to register.


  • Thursday ,
    MayMay  9 , 2024
    The Other as Mirror with Scholar-in-Residence Rachel Korazim

    Thursday, May 9th 7:00p to 9:00p
    Explore images of Arabs in both Jewish Israeli literature and Arab Israeli literary works. We can find conflicting images of friend and foe and complimentary views of neighbors living on the same street. Click on "More info" below to register.


  • Friday ,
    MayMay  10 , 2024
    The Mizrachi Voice with Scholar-in-Residence Rachel Korazim

    Friday, May 10th 11:30a to 1:30p
    Since the mass immigration waves of the 1950s, Israeli literature has reflected the issues of Jews from Muslim countries and their integration into and influence on Israeli culture. Rachel traces the arc from marginalization to empowered voices through this rich and creative contemporary literature. Click on "More info" below to register.


  • Friday ,
    MayMay  10 , 2024
    Poetry for Our Days with Scholar-in-Residence Rachel Korazim

    Friday, May 10th 7:00p to 9:00p
    The calamity of October 7th and all that has followed has left Israel and the Jewish world in shock and despair. The expression commonly used is ein milim-no words! And yet, there are those who struggle and find words. Raw and painful, full of love and hope. these poems come from different parts of Israeli society and offer us a touchstone for how Israeli society is experiencing this unimaginable reality. Click on "More info" below to register.


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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