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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 am


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 Events

Eitz Chayim's Lifelong Learning Team presents a Special Sukkot Event -

Ladino Culture from Yesterday to Today: A Musical Journey with Sarah Aroeste

Join Sarah Aroeste, international Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) singer/songwriter, author and activist, as she brings you along on a musical journey highlighting the Sephardic experience from past to present. Enjoy an interactive, mixed-media program that integrates history, storytelling and music from this rich tradition that has survived shifting centuries and borders to still inspire us today. 

Cabaret Style Performance

All Ages Welcome

Preceded by a 

6pm Sukkot Dairy Buffet

6:30pm Havdallah Service

In our Sukkah

Suggested donation $18 per person - reserve tickets here:

Thank you for supporting events at Eitz Chayim!

Click here for more information about Sarah Aroeste's music and other projects

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)
  • "Angels on Diamond Street" (May 2021)
  • "Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana" (July 2021, for Worldwide Refugee Awareness Month)

December, 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

May, 2021: Literary evening with Esther Adler and Ann Braude to introduce Esther's new book, Poems of Sorrow, Solace, and Spirituality.

June, 2021:  Beyond Polemics: Attempting To Understand Jewish Debates About Israel - a discussion with Dr. Jacob Meskin. 

June, 2021: Discussion with A Fish Tale director Emmanuelle Mayer for World Refugee Awareness Month.


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

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