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  • Sunday ,
    FebFebruary  25 , 2024
    Four Months Hence: Where do we go from here? A Discussion with Anat Harrel and Members of Kibbutz Hannaton (Cypress Club & Zoom)

    Sunday, Feb 25th 9:30a to 11:00a
    Join Anat Harrel from Israel as she describes the current reality on the ground at Kibbutz Hannaton. From the Resiliency Committee and it's attempts at keeping the community sane and safe, to the Educational Center and its role in leading and educating the next generation of Israelis, Hannaton grapples with forging a new future. Meet Judy Grey, Steve Grey and Yoav Ende as they describe how Hannaton has coped through difficult times.


  • Monday ,
    FebFebruary  26 , 2024
    Ladino History, Culture, Music and Language with Dr. Rivka Amado (Zoom only)

    Monday, Feb 26th 7:00p to 8:30p
    After over two thousand years of Jewish life in the Iberian Peninsula, the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492. Most of them, known as the Sephardim (“Sepharad” is Spain in Hebrew), left with only two types of possessions: their language - the Ladino - and their music. This program explores Ladino culture: its historical account, language and music found in Ballads, lyrical songs (Cantikas), Coplas, and liturgy. Dr. Rivka Amado is a musician and lecturer specializing in Judeo-Spanish music, culture and history with a focus on Sephardic women’s songs and spiritual experience. Registration is required and will be through New Lehrhaus. A. Sign up for Sunday, February 4 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Zoom $12.00/person B. Sign up for a 3-part series: Sunday, February 4 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Zoom only Mondays, February 12 & 26, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Zoom only $36.00/person After the 2/4 session, we will reduce the tuition for the 3-part series from $36 to $24 so people who attend on 2/4 and then want to sign up for the full series will have the $12 they paid for the 2/4 session calculated in. Etz Chayim never wants finances to be an obstacle to learning. If you are interested in participating and would like financial assistance, please contact Ellen Bob.


  • Wednesday ,
    FebFebruary  28 , 2024
    What Talmud Stories Tell Us About Life with Rabbinic Intern Aviv Siegel (Library & Zoom)

    Wednesday, Feb 28th 7:00p to 8:15p
    Join us in studying Jewish stories from the Talmud in English and use them to discuss what the Rabbis were trying to teach us about how to lead a meaningful and ethical life. While each session is a stand alone session, we encourage people to come to as many as possible. Register here.


  • Saturday ,
    MarMarch  2 , 2024
    Healing Circle (Library)

    Shabbat, Mar 2nd 1:00p to 2:00p
    First Meeting Saturday, February 3, 1:00 - 2:00 pm On the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month, Room 12 “Energy flows, where action goes.” Give yourself the sweet gift of personal healing with enhanced relaxation in a safe space. Feel supported to let go of any issues within your physical, emotional, relational or financial situations. Click here to discover more. Contact Carol if you will attend or have any questions.


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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