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.

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 »

Rosh Hashanah Day Two Eitz Chayim Style

Posted by Penina on August 23, 2014 in General, High Holy Days, home

Approaching the Days of Awe can be a daunting experience, particularly for those of us who are new to ritual practice.  Our second day of Rosh Hashanah, this year on September 26 at 10am, is a friendly and low key introduction to High Holy Day observance.

Rabbi Stern leads a simple service, followed by an interactive and creative project.  After a potluck lunch, we walk to the banks of the Charles River, more »

Come Celebrate the High Holy Days with Us!

Posted by Penina on August 23, 2014 in General, High Holy Days, home

We have entered the month of Elul, the preparation time for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We invite you to come and reflect with us, and to welcome the New Year together as a community.Shofar apples  You will find our High Holy Day form here:  2014 HH Form

We begin our preparation for the High Holy Days with the Selichot service on Saturday, September 20, at 8 pm at Eitz Chayim. On Erev Rosh Hashanah, Wednesday, September 24, we usher in the year 5775. A 7:15 pm Kiddush at Eitz Chayim is followed by 8:00 pm services at CBC.  Rabbi Stern is accompanied by our cantorial soloist, Debby Gelber. With the Rabbi’s words, Debby‘s voice, and the personal prayers of individual community members, we embark on our spiritual journey of the High Holy Day season, the Yamim Noraim – the Days of Awe. We encourage your entire family to join in celebrating the High Holy Days at Eitz Chayim. Rabbi Stern will lead wonderful children’s services at 9:30am on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur. more »