During Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Eitz Chayim community shares meals, stories, and collective confessions. We mourn together and we hear the call of the shofar together.
Rabbi Stern is accompanied by our cantorial soloist Debby Gelber. With the Rabbi’s words, the Cantor’s voice, and the personal prayers of individual community members, we take our annual 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 leads wonderful children’s services on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur. In addition, childcare and children’s educational activities are available for 1st day Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur daytime services.
Are you searching for a place to worship for High Holy Days? Are your children ready to start studying for their B’nai Mitzvah? You should explore the benefits of becoming a member at Congregation Eitz Chayim in Cambridge.
Led by Rabbi Liza Stern, Congregation Eitz Chayim (tree of life) is best characterized by its warm, haimish atmosphere and meaningful engagement with Jewish traditions. As a community, we celebrate Shabbat and holidays together, share life cycle events, and promote life-long Jewish learning through our thriving religious school and rich adult education programming. We are a non-affiliated congregation that often worships creatively, and we work together to make new, fresh ideas happen. Community at Eitz Chayim has always been intimate and organic.
Eitz Chayim is fully inclusive, drawing families of all configurations and individuals from diverse backgrounds and varied identities. We take seriously our involvement in the local and world communities. Our dynamic urban congregation is the fastest-growing in Cambridge; our members come from all over the Greater Boston area.
For new members (individual or couple), Eitz Chayim is offering up to 4 seats for our High Holy Days services AND free tuition (for 1 year) for students enrolled in our Sunday School program (Pre-school through Bar/Bat Mitzvah). That’s right! FREE TUITION FOR ONE YEAR!
To learn more, contact Paul at email@example.com or call 617-497-7626.
We enter the month of Elul before you know it – our preparation time for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We invite you to come reflect with us, and to welcome the New Year together as a community.
We are very excited to be holding our High Holy Days services this year for the first time in our own sanctuary! Please note, however, that due to space limitations, seats for Kol Nidre in the sanctuary will be reserved for members and guests whose paid registrations are received in the office by September 23, and who arrive before 8 pm. Arrivals after 8pm may be seated in the lobby or parlor.
Selichot – Sat, Sept 24 – 8:00pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah –Sun, Oct 2, 7:15pm Kiddush; 7:30pm service
Rosh Hashanah (1st day)** – Mon, Oct 3, 9:30am. Lunch after services
Rosh Hashanah (2nd day) – Tue, Oct 4, 10:00am. Followed by POTLUCK lunch and Tashlich by the river
Kol Nidre – Tue, Oct 11, 7:30pm
Yom Kippur **– Wed, Oct 12, 9:30am service; 4:00pm Yizkor; 5:30pm Ne’ilah. Havdalah and potluck break fast follow
** On 1st day Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur, Rabbi Liza Stern will conduct children’s services at 9:30am on the second floor
For Eitz Chayim members**, there is no additional cost to attend services. The fee for adult visitors is $200 per person for one or all services. If you join Congregation Eitz Chayim during the coming year, that fee will be applied toward your annual donation pledge. If you have not pre-registered, bring registration form and check to the door for services.
HOWEVER, PRE-REGISTRATION FOR CHILDCARE IS ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED, WHETHER YOU ARE A MEMBER OR VISITOR. PAYMENTS AND FORMS MUST BE IN THE OFFICE BY SEPTEMBER 23. NO UNREGISTERED CHILDREN WILL BE ADMITTED TO CHILDCARE.
Childcare will be available for 1st day Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur day services
The High Holy Days at Eitz Chayim are a time of community. We share meals, stories, collective confessions. We mourn together and hear the call of the shofar together. We hope you will participate as fully as you are able, and we invite you to volunteer. Participating in the activities is a wonderful way to enrich your experience, and to get to know other members of our community.
We look forward to seeing you soon and to wishing you L’Shana Tovah in person.
Wish to help? Contact Penina Weinberg: firstname.lastname@example.org ◦ For questions about registering, contract the office: (617) 497-7626 email@example.com
The rabbi asked us what is different about us on this Rosh Hashana than on the last one.
A year ago, I stood at this podium and poured out my heart about the reasons I was committed to Eitz Chayim’s capital campaign for the renovation of our sanctuary. What’s different about me today, is that instead of a crazy visionary trying to convince you that what once seemed impossible was now well within our reach, I am now filled with pride and gratitude for what we have accomplished during the last year.
Not only are we completing our beautiful renovation, but we have raised 3/4th of the money we need to fund it, and in the spare time of our dedicated community of volunteers, we took an important step toward making Eitz Chayim a true Center for Life-long Jewish Learning by inaugurating Kesher at Eitz Chayim, to strengthen the education of our children and support the flourishing of Jewish Life in Cambridge.
To think about what’s different about us today, let me take you back to a year ago. more »
High Holy Day services are held at Congregation Eitz Chayim (EC), and at Cambridgeport Baptist Church (CBC), half a block away, on the corner of Magazine and Putnam, as noted
Erev Rosh Hashanah –Sun, Sept 13, 7:30pm Kiddush @ EC; 8:00 service @ CBC
Rosh Hashanah (1st day)** – Mon, Sept 14, 9:30am @ CBC, followed by lunch @ CBC
Rosh Hashanah (2nd day) – Tues, Sept 15, 10:00am Details
Kol Nidre – Tues, Sept 22, 7:30pm @ CBC
Yom Kippur **– Weds, Sept 23, 9:30am service; 4:00pm Yizkor; 5:15pm Jonah play followed by Ne’ilah, all @ CBC. Potluck break fast follows @ CBC
** On 1st day Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur, Rabbi Liza Stern will conduct children’s services @ CBC at 9:30am
For Eitz Chayim members**, there is no additional cost to attend services. The fee for adult visitors is $200 per person for one or all services. If you join Congregation Eitz Chayim during the coming year, that fee will be applied toward your annual donation pledge. If you have not pre-registered, bring registration form and check to the door for services. HOWEVER, PRE-REGISTRATION FOR CHILDCARE IS ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED, WHETHER YOU ARE A MEMBER OR VISITOR. PAYMENTS AND FORMS MUST BE IN THE OFFICE BY SEPTEMBER 9. NO UNREGISTERED CHILDREN WILL BE ADMITTED TO CHILDCARE.
Childcare will be available at CBC for 1st day Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur day services
Questions? Wish to help?
Contact Penina Weinberg: 781-343-1498 ◦ firstname.lastname@example.org