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.
Religious services at Congregation Etz Chaim, held on Friday evening, reflect our commitment to cohesion and community. In our sanctuary the seats are arranged so that we see not only the front of the sanctuary, but also each other. We experience our worship services not as isolated individuals, but as part of a worshipping community.
Our Friday Shabbat Services begin at 7:30pm. Each week, our musical offering reflects a different aspect of our community. One week may feature the junior choir and our congregational song leader. A few times a year we celebrate with our Rambler Shabbat Services which are comprised of a band of musician-congregants. The congregation is encouraged to sing, dance, and worship in the lively and spiritual service. We also have a congregant participation choir that sings 1-2 times a month.
During the course of the year other special themed services are held including ‘Baseball’ Shabbat, Veterans Shabbat, Senior Youth Group Shabbat, Jr. Youth Group Shabbat, Driver’s License Shabbat, Brotherhood/Sisterhood Shabbat, Social Action Shabbat, Scholar in Residence Shabbat. Check the congregational calendar for more information.
Tot Shabbat Services – begin at 6pm once a month for infants, toddlers, preschoolers through 6 years old and their parents. This brief service introduces young children to Shabbat rituals and communal prayer with songs and stories they can understand and enjoy.
The Jewish day begins and ends at sundown. Thus, all holidays begin at sundown on the first day and end at nightfall on the last day shown in the calendar below.
Congregation Etz Chaim
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday - Closed
Friday - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday - Closed for Shabbat
During the school year the office will remain open on Wednesdays until 6:45PM and Sunday will be open from 8:30AM - 12:00PM