Religious services at Etz Chaim are exceptionally warm and welcoming. They reflect and deepen our sense of community. In our sanctuary, the seats are arranged so we can see the front of the sanctuary as well as each other. Ascending to the bimah requires only one step. As we begin the Torah service, we take the Torah from the ark and carry it through the sanctuary. Our choir sits close to the congregation. The melodies they sing invite participation by the entire congregation. We experience our worship services as part of a community.
We offer a variety of Shabbat worship experiences to meet the needs of our congregation, including:
Shabbat Evening Services: Beginning at 8:15 PM each Friday (except Family Shabbat).
Tot Shabbat Services: Held one Friday a month at 6:30 PM, for toddlers and their parents. This brief 30-minute service introduces young children to Sabbath rituals and communal prayer, with songs and stories they can understand and enjoy.
Family Shabbat Services: Held one Friday each month beginning at 7:30 PM, featuring a family-friendly story in lieu of a sermon and accessible, highly participatory music.
Shabbat Morning Services: Held throughout the year, beginning at 10:30 AM most Saturdays, whenever a bar/bat mitzvah is scheduled.
Kabbalat Shabbat Service: Held on Fridays occasionally throughout the year, beginning at 6:30 PM. "Kabbalat Shabbat"means greeting or receiving the Sabbath. The service begins earlier and is shorter than our regular Friday evening service, allowing members to enjoy a leisurely Shabbat dinner following the service.
An Oneg Shabbat (Joy of the Sabbath) reception follows each evening service.
In addition to these Shabbat services, we observe the full cycle of Jewish holidays and festivals with worship services and joyous celebrations.
Music, under the leadership of Greg Zelman and provided by our soloists, songleader, Life Tree Ramblers band, adult and junior choirs, is woven throughout all of our worship services.