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Happening at Etz

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  • Saturday ,
    JunJune  22 , 2024
    Etz/Spark "Origin" Movie Viewing: A Cinematic Exploration of Race, Class and Societal Dynamics (Beyt Knesset)

    Shabbat, Jun 22nd 4:30p to 8:30p
    The Etz/Spark Racial Justice Group is hosting an exploration of our respective history of race, caste, and societal dynamics through the viewing and discussion of the movie "Origin" by Ava Duvernay. "Origin" aims to link the violent repercussions of American slavery and Jim Crow to the horrific crimes of the Holocaust and to India's degrading caste system in a narrative that combines gnawing grief with a cyclical sense of history. The movie is based on Isabel Wilkerson's writing of the book "CASTE: The Origins of our Discontent."  Food will be provided. Please register here to help with planning dinner. There will be a facilitated discussion following the movie. This will be a family friendly event meaning we will have activities and supervision for kids during the viewing of the movie.


  • Tuesday ,
    JunJune  25 , 2024
    Planning Your Own Funeral: A Conversation with Rabbi Chaim and Sinai Memorial Chapel (online only)

    Tuesday, Jun 25th 7:30p to 9:00p
    Join Rabbi Chaim and Cara Walden in a conversation to explore this difficult, yet important topic. Why plan in advance? What in our Jewish tradition encourages advance planning? Who is Sinai and what do we do? What are the core things to think about when making an advance plan? What are the steps to proceed If you already have specific ideas or are ready to begin to consider what will be best for you and your family, this workshop/conversation is for you. Click "more info" to register.


  • Wednesday ,
    JunJune  26 , 2024
    Etznik Talk Finding My Voice: How I Approached My Colleagues about Rising Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism in America with Solomon Moshkivech (online only)

    Wednesday, Jun 26th 12:00p to 1:00p
    Details to come.


  • Saturday ,
    JunJune  29 , 2024
    Men's Shabbaton (Beyt Knesset & Patio)

    Shabbat, Jun 29th 1:00p to 7:30p
    On the Shabbat of June 29, 2024 we invite the men of Etz Chayim to come together for a unique gathering. As we have done for each of the past three years, we take one full Shabbat afternoon from 1pm to 8pm to collect as a group - to schmooze - to study - to relax - to learn - to snack - to listen - to play but mostly to enjoy one another's company. This year we will focus ourselves on “Walking Alone or Following the Crowd” which amplifies the Torah themes of the week. Our time together will also include fun and games, music, singing and dinner. The suggested event registration fee is $36 and it is open to all Etz members 18 and older who identify as male, regardless of religious identity. Men who want a full weekend experience can also participate in Friday night services, Saturday morning Torah study and services.


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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