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Mission Statement

As a “home for wondering Jews,” Eitz Chayim offers and curates Jewish learning opportunities for all ages to supplement the work of our school. Our goal is to have every adult enmeshed in some way on an ongoing basis in the rich cultural and religious fabric of Judaism. To  that end, we offer topic-focussed thematic programming which includes classes, lectures, films, and hands-on experiences (which will become real rather than virtual when the pandemic subsides), as well as ongoing Torah study and book discussions. We also partner with other organizations such as Me’ah. We hope you will join us!

Regular recurring events

Weekly Torah Study which meets every Tuesday at 9 a.m.


Ageing-to-Sageing group


Book discussions – Eitz Chayim hosts an informal book discussion group which meets roughly every six weeks to discuss a book chosen by participants. For more information, see the calendar of upcoming events, or contact Bonnie Friedman at

Upcoming learning opportunities 

Thursday, May 6th, 7pmLiterary evening with Esther Adler and Ann Braude to introduce Esther's new book, Poems of Sorrow, Solace, and Spirituality 

The EC Lifelong Learning Team is pleased to host a book launch and reading this Thursday night by our very own Esther Adler from her new book – "Poems of Sorrow, Solace and Spirituality." The reading will take place at 7:00 PM at the zoom link below.

Esther’s poems reflects of the three stages of her life: Germany, Israel, and the United States. Esther was born in Germany to Polish parents and escaped as a teenager to Palestine after experiencing the events of Kristallnacht, and eventually coming to the United States.

Esther will be introduced by her daughter in law Ann Braude, an EC member who is director of the Women's Studies in Religion Program and Senior Lecturer on American Religious History at Harvard Divinity School.

A link to Esther’s book is here, along with a poem and a review. We hope you will consider purchasing a copy; Esther will be donating any proceeds to Eitz Chayim.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 816 2910 0842
Passcode: eitz

Sunday, May 23rd, 3pm:  Film screening of Angels on Diamond Street followed by a discussion with the producers

Thursday, June 3rd, 7pm: Discussion on antisemitism with Dr. Jacob Meskin

Past events

October 7 - December 16, 2020: “Unpacking Antisemitism,” a weekly course offered in collaboration with Hebrew College taught by Dr. Jacob Meskin of Hebrew College.


Film screenings with lecture and discussion:


  • “Gentleman’s Agreement” (October 2020)
  • “School Ties” (November 2020)
  • “The Rabbi Goes West” (February 2021)
  • “Space Torah” (March 2021)
  • “Paper Clips” (April 2021)


December 3, 2020: Lecture and discussion on the history of anti-Semitism with Dr. Rachel Fish.


January 2021: “J-Term: Hungry for Learning: An exploration of Jewish food and food culture


Kulanu - World Jewry

Jewish Boston - Local events

Ofek - Connecting Israeli language and culture

Global Jews

Feedback and involvement 

Many lifelong learning opportunities at Eitz Chayim are planned and curated by the all-volunteer Eitz Chayim Lifelong Learning team. We welcome your feedback on events and suggestions for future activities. We also welcome new members to the team.  On either item, contact Lifelong Learning Team Coordinator Armond Cohen at

Sun, May 9 2021 27 Iyyar 5781