Our School

Eitz Chayim Religious School – Sunday Mornings 10:00am to 1:00pm

Vision for congregational learning at Eitz Chayim

A compelling and engaging program providing learners with the knowledge of Jewish beliefs, values and practices that will enable them to live full and joyful Jewish lives, find relevance in Judaism to the life issues they confront, and pass on their understanding of and commitment to Jewish tradition and the Jewish people to future generations.

Core values of the learning program

  • The program will be reflective of and integrated with the life, values and culture of Eitz Chayim Congregation.
  • The program will intentionally create a sense of community for learners and their families.
  • The program will strive to create a sense of inclusiveness.
  • The program will emphasize learning activities that are experiential, engaging and meaningful.

Structure of the learning

  • 10:00-10:45am – Community Gathering (With Rabbi, Students & Families)
  • 10:50-11:45am – Cohort Learning Activity
  • 11:45-12:00pm – Snack & Break
  • 12:05-1:00pm – Cohort Learning Activity

Family Education

Each cohort will have two family education sessions a year, one in the fall and one in the spring.  The family education program will be tied to the particular curriculum of the cohort in question.


Rabbi Liza Stern – rabbiliza@gmail.com

Educator Anne Kalis – EitzEducator@gmail.com

Administrator Paul Farwell – ecoffice@eitz.org

EC Office Phone: 617-497-7626


Will there still will be a Sunday School program this year, regardless of possibly smaller enrollment numbers?
YES! We are committed to launching our new program this year and hope enrollment starts off strong and continues to grow.

What are the hours and structure of the day?
Sunday school for grades K-7 will be 10:00am-1:00pm. A typical schedule is as follows:

10:00-10:45 AM      Community Gathering (Torah study, prayer, music)
10:50-11:45 AM      Hebrew Learning Activity
11:45-12:00 PM      Snack and Break
12:05-1:00 PM        Jewish Content Learning Activity

Will there be a class for my preschooler?
Yes! We want to provide a positive experience for younger children and we have lots of fun activities planned for this age group. Twice/month (every other week), we will have a Pre-K school from 10:00am-12:00pm.

How is this Sunday school going to be different from the existing Kesher program? Can Kesher students do both?
The Eitz Chayim Sunday school will focus on Jewish text, liturgy and spirituality, Jewish life cycle and calendar, Jewish prayer and spirituality, history of the Jewish people, Israel, Jewish understandings of God, the Holocaust, and Hebrew. We encourage current Kesher students to also enroll in Sunday school, and feel confident they will get something enriching out of both.

Do you have to be an EC member to enroll in Sunday school?
If you know any non-member families who might be interested in this program, please encourage them to contact the office at 617-497-7626 or ecoffice@eitz.org.

As a parent, how involved will I be?
We always encourage parents to be as involved as they like. At a minimum, we ask that each family participate in the TWO family education sessions we will hold each year, one in the fall and one in the spring.

My child has already become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. How can they stay involved?
We would love to have your teen participate in our Ozrim program! Ozrim means assistant/helper, so in this program, teens would attend the community gathering, help teach beginning level Hebrew to our K-1 students. From 12-1, they will enjoy their own space while hanging out and having a meaningful discussion led by one of our teachers. Even better, Ozrim will get paid for their time.

High Holy Days 5778

Posted by mgw on July 6, 2017 in General, High Holy Days, School

Saturday, Sept. 16 – Selichot – 9:30 pm service
Wednesday, Sept. 20 – Erev Rosh Hashanah – 7:15 Kiddush, followed by service
Thursday, Sept. 21 – Rosh Hashanah Day 1 –  9:30 am service, followed by luncheon
Friday, Sept. 22 – Rosh Hashanah Day 2 – 9:30 am service, followed by potluck
Friday, Sept.29 – Kol Nidre – 7:30 pm service
Friday, Sept 30 – Yom Kippur – 9:30 am service, 4:00 pm – Yizkor, 5:30 pm – Ne’ilah followed by break fast
Wednesday, Oct 4 thru Oct. 11 – Sukkot
Friday, Oct. 13 – Simchat Torah

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 may wish to explore the benefits of becoming a member of Congregation Eitz Chayim in Cambridge.

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).

To learn more about our High Holy Day membership special, or to obtain tickets for the High Holy Days contact Synagogue Administrator Paul Farwell, at ecoffice@eitz.org or call 617-497-7626.