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, study with us, or attend a Meah Select Class taught by Hebrew College experts.  Follow us as we work to raise awareness around accessibility issues  and as we join with other faith groups in providing sanctuary to our neighbors.

“It is not incumbent upon you to complete the work, but neither are you at liberty to desist from it” (Avot 2:21) attributed to Rabbi Tarfon.

We would be delighted for you to join our community of Wondering Jews.  

Shabbat for Jewish Disability Awareness

Posted by Penina on February 1, 2018 in acc-act, General, home

Banner has a painting of an ecstatic person in a red, possibly flaming, dress whirling in a blue wheel chair. Caption is “Ezekiel’s vision split open my own imagination. Hearing those words chanted, I felt a jolt of recognition, an intimate familiarity. I thought: God has wheels!”  from “God on Wheels—Disability and Jewish Feminist Theology” by Julia Watts Belser in Tikkun 2014.  Illustration from the article: “Whirlwheel” by Olivia Wise. [end of caption]

Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday February 9, 2018, as we observe Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month.

Come hear from Members of Eitz Chayim’s Accessibility Awareness Team as we talk about our work and present both poetry and culture from the disability community.   Stop by on your way in to view our new Accessibility Awareness bulletin board by the door to the ramp, where you will find copies of articles and artworks created by activists in disability justice, along with notes on our progress at EC.

We invite all members of our community to join us at Shabbat, or talk to us at any time about our campaign to increase awareness of accessibility needs, to take action around our building, and to educate ourselves about disability justice and culture. We welcome input, suggestions, offers of help from all members of our community.   The team members are Ariel Cohen, Lorraine Fine, Judi Warren, Penina Weinberg, and Alicia Zeh-Dean.  Advisors include Gail Trachtenberg and Randy Wilson. Please approach us in person, or email us at accessibility-action-ec@googlegroups.com

You will find more information about the national JDAIM initiative  here

The re-dedication of our sanctuary December 13, 2015.  Read about it here