Learning at Etz Chaim
Jewish education is the shared responsibility of the family, the school and our congregation. Congregation Etz Chaim offers many ongoing and special programs to help our congregants be knowledgeable, active and competent members of the Jewish community.
During the school year, Sunday mornings at Etz Chaim are a beehive of activity when the Religious School, serving students in preschool through 10th grade, is in session. Children in grades 3-7 also attend midweek Hebrew classes on Wednesdays.
Adult education programs are offered for members who wish to expand their knowledge of Hebrew, Judaism, current events, and Torah. Programs may be led by the congregation’s rabbis or members, or by visiting rabbis or other outside experts.
Our New Director of Congregational Learning, David Barany
It gives us great pleasure to let you know that the congregation has hired Mr. David Barany to be our new Director of Congregational Learning. In addition to leading our Religious School, he will collaborate with the Lifelong Learning Committee to support our adult education activities. He will also help us with the youth groups as well as help us develop a plan to reopen our preschool.
We are so fortunate to have had Lynda Gutcheon as our wonderful Interim Educator these past two years. She has guided us skillfully through the transition following Anne Stein's retirement in 2015.
Our Religious School and Lifelong Learning activities have long been great strengths of our community. We know that David will help us sustain and develop the educational offerings for Etz Chaim members of all ages.
Our Torah Study group meets in the synagogue's library on Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 10:15. We are working our way through the Book of Esther. Each week we read and discuss. This is a wonderful group and we have a great time.