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Exciting Opening for Education Director

Posted by Penina on February 26, 2014 in General, home


Congregation Eitz Chayim (EC) is an egalitarian, non-affiliated, progressive Jewish community composed of approximately 100 families, with about 40 children enrolled in our religious school. We are seeking a highly motivated Education Director to assume a key role in managing and further developing our Jewish education program.  Please feel free to share the attached flyer with anyone who might be interested.
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This is an exciting opportunity for a creative and energetic individual to lead a rich Jewish education program that integrates Torah study, Hebrew, Jewish values and history with art, music and social action through project-based learning. Building on our origin as Harvard Hillel Children’s School, when the school was in the forefront of the family education model, our updated curriculum addresses the needs of contemporary Jewish education. The successful candidate will be expected to continue to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of the students.

EC’s religious school encompasses preschoolers through post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah middle and high school youth. The latter group engages in a unique teen leadership program that combines curriculum-based study and volunteer activities.

The School Director will work directly under the guidance and mentorship of Rabbi Liza Stern, Eitz Chayim’s inspiring spiritual leader, and will work closely with the Congregation’s School Committee.


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Tu B’Shevat New Member Shabbat January 24, 2014

Posted by Penina on January 6, 2014 in General, home

On Friday evening. January 24 at Shabbat services, we will extend an official “Welcome” to new (and fairly new) members of Congregation Eitz Chayim. Services start at 7 pm, with Oneg Shabbat (refreshments) immediately following at 8 pm. Rabbi Liza Stern will present each new member family with a token of Tu B’Shevat – the New Year for Trees. Family members of all ages are welcome! 
New members will have received an invitation. If you did not receive one or have questions, please contact the office.

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Note from Penina Weinberg, President

Posted by Penina on August 10, 2013 in General, home

Having spent another wonderful year as your President, I can say that I am truly grateful for the chance to serve this warm and welcoming community, with a strong sense of responsibility to each other and to the environment.  We thrive because each person contributes time, energy, and money in such proportion as they are able, and then some.

This year we dedicated our accessible ramp, opened our homes to energy audits (which made money for our insulation project), conducted a fabulous Rainbow Shabbat, held our first Shabbat weekend retreat and hosted each other for meals.  Nearly everyone more »