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Happening at Etz

All Events
  • Wednesday ,
    JulJuly  17 , 2024
    Etznik Talk: Wandering in the Book of Numbers, I Found My Voice with Naomi Burns (online only)

    Wednesday, Jul 17th 12:00p to 1:00p
    In 1984 my father was welcomed by his kibbutz as a founding member. In 2024 I helped my father lead the seder in Amherst, Massachusetts. While preparing my portion, which is in the first chapter of Sefer Bamidbar, for the Women's Retreat, I realized I have an intimate relationship with this book. Bamidbar means in the desert. Come and hear more at my talk. Bio: I was born in Israel, in Kibbutz Sasa, in the Upper Galilee. We left Israel when I was five. We returned to the United States. I went back to Israel, as a young adult to reclaim my roots. I earned a Certificate in Early Childhood Education from "Oranim," the School of Education of Haifa University. I left Israel in 1978. I returned to Amherst, MA, where I met my husband, Brian. We were both in Graduate School at the University. I moved to Palo Alto, in 1993 as Brian got a job in Palo Alto. We became members of Etz Chayim in 2005.


  • Sunday ,
    JulJuly  21 , 2024
    Jewish Learning from the Roots Up - Summer Outreach

    Sunday, Jul 21st 10:30a to 12:00p
    Come meet us and learn about the Etz Chayim community. Do you know about the magic behind Congregation Etz Chayim? And, you may know other Jewish families in the Bay Area who are looking for a home like Etz Chayim. Aliza and Abra have planned a morning of fun-filled activities for families with children 10 and under. Backyard games on our Etz Chayim lawn. a story from our master story-teller and Director of Learning, Abra Greenspan. And, Aliza Savransky, our new Religious School Director will guide us through a nature scavenger hunt that will transform into a beautiful art piece to take home. Think about who you might invite and join Abra, Aliza, other Etz Chayim families and Etz Chayim-curious families for a joyful morning of Jewish fun and learning. Click "More info" to RSVP.


  • Wednesday ,
    JulJuly  24 , 2024
    Etznik Talk: Getting to Know the Birds Near Us with Aaron Schuman (online only)

    Wednesday, Jul 24th 12:00p to 1:00p
    Aaron is an Etznik who finds that he becomes whole in nature, and who sees nature everywhere, even in the weeds growing in the cracks in the sidewalk. Aaron is inspired by the Torah verse, “You shall walk through the land, the length and the breadth of it.” (Exodus 13:17)


  • Wednesday ,
    JulJuly  31 , 2024
    Etznik Talk: A Taste of Energy Healing with Carol Hallyn (online only)

    Wednesday, Jul 31st 12:00p to 1:00p
    Imagine what it would feel like to tap into your vibrant natural energy at will. Yes! You have the capacity to do that. Carol will share her journey that has brought her the unexpected gift and joy of being an energy healer, along with supporting others to expand the flow of their innate energy. She transmits a heightened quality of energy for you to receive its benefits in any way that serves you best. You will receive a “healing” and leave with the gifted knowing of how to practice the method for your own purpose. Bio: Carol is a transpersonal psychologist, retired college educator and corporate consultant, who "walks the mystical path with practical feet.” Evolving from her academic research is the biology of energy management which offers simplistic answers to complex issues. Carol has been a member of Ets Chayim for 28 years!


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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