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Welcome to Congregation Eitz Chayim

A Home for Wondering Jews

Welcome!   We’re glad you have decided to visit our website and find out about our wonderful Congregation and Hebrew School. We hope you will visit us in person on a Friday night, join us for the High Holy Days or festivals, or come to study and learn with us.  We would be delighted for you to join our community of Wondering Jews.    

 Click here for the story, illustrated on the left, of one of our community projects: creating the  wimpel for our Torah cover.


November 14 EC marks Transgender Day of Remembrance

Posted by Penina on October 21, 2014 in General, home

Join us at Eitz Chayim on November 14 as we welcome Shabbat and observe Transgender Day of Remembrance with special readings, prayers, and music.  Our featured speaker will be Shana AisenbergShana violin, a well-known acoustic musician, singer, composer, songwriter and writer. Shana has metamorphosed many times throughout her career, both artistically and personally. Shana’s unique life journey greatly informs all her activities, which include teaching, performing music, writing on gender, and community building.  Shana will lead us in several musical pieces and will share her personal story of Jewish and gender transformation.  The annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) more »


Bees Up On The Roof – a song

Posted by Penina on October 21, 2014 in Bees, Blog, home

Lyrics by Steve Baggish
(sung to the tune of “Fiddler On The Roof”)

Away above my head, I see the strangest sight,
Some bees up on the roof, they’re up there day and night.
They came for Rosh Hashanah, they stayed for Simchat Torah,
They all wear little yarmulkes and like to more »


Letter from the President September 2014

Posted by Penina on September 15, 2014 in General, home

Hello Eitz Chayim community member.  I hope your summer was enjoyable and a welcome change of pace from the usual.  If not, if you experienced misfortune or loss, I hope that the impending change of season and routine makes time seem to pass a little faster to bring you peace sooner.

I’m writing this letter to introduce myself as Eitz Chayim’s President.  My name is Pam Klein and my family has been part of the congregation since 2008.  My husband Chris and I have two children in the school – Eloise and Imogene.  Eloise is entering eighth grade this year; Rabbi Stern led her Bat Mitzvah last November. more »