Etz Chaim Community
Congregants can “connect” in many ways here at Etz Chaim. From joining a committee to volunteering to help with a community project, our members find many opportunities “to belong” here.
Volunteerism is a strong ethic and our members volunteer in various congregational and community projects.
Did You Know??
Congregation Etz Chaim will have a Sign Language Interpretor available at Erev Rosh Hashanah, 1st day of rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, and Yom Kippur. If you need special seating arrangements for this, please contact the office.
Congregation Natan-Ya, a Reform synagogue in Israel, needs our help now! Life for Reform Jews has become more difficult in Israel.
There is discrimination at the Western Wall and Netanyahu reneged on his plan to allow egalitarian worship at an area close to the Western Wall; a Conversion Bill gave the ultra-Orthodox Chief Rabbinate total control over all conversions in Israel, and there are attempts to end public transportation on Shabbat.
At Congregation Natan-Ya, they were forced to install a fence around the synagogue and have the outer gates always locked for safety. Despite these precautions, they suffer different acts of vandalism such as throwing of glass bottles, damaging the sewage system, cutting the water pipes of the garden, defacing community notices, etc. The police do nothing because they are "minor incidents".
Despite these difficult times, in 2017, Congregation Natan-Ya has had 32 children celebrate their bar/bat mitzvah, 25 people converted, approximately 60 congregants pray every Friday night and the mailing list has grown to 600 people. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the congregation's founding in Netanya and 25 years of Rabbi Edgar Nof ( Natan- Ya's Rabbi) rabbinate in Israel.
Rabbi Nof wants to create a special fund to celebrate these milestones. The fund will help children from Ethiopia, Russia, the Ukraine, or any child in need who cannot afford to pay for a bar/bat mitzvah ceremony and to celebrate their special day.
Let's stand with Israel and work towards building a Jewish and Democratic State in Israel. We want a collective pluralistic Jewish people.
Checks can also be written and sent directly to Congregation Natan-Ya, c/o Rabbi Edgar Nof, POB 2654, Netanya 4212601 ISRAEL, or you can make a check payable to Congregation Etz Chaim for Natan- Ya.