When Jews travel, most seek out the local synagogue whether in Brussels or Buenos Aires, Helsinki or Hong Kong. Even if not regular worshippers, when far from home, we are drawn to a shul. Somehow, as tourists, we rejoice when we see a stained glass Magen David or Hebrew lettering carved in stone. Away and yet, in a place of familiar comfort.
Rabbi Shalom Lewis's blog
I feel like I’m sitting with lima beans and asparagus in front of me and that I am being forced to eat one of them.
We live in an age of technology and sophistication decrying, minimizing and even mocking that which is unprovable fantasy. We are fans of science, worshiping what is authentic and actual.
Though a bit early on the calendar, I want to share with you some conversations the rabbis have been having on how to properly celebrate Purim.
Etz Chaim is...
Congregation Etz Chaim is a progressive, egalitarian Conservative synagogue that provides meaningful Jewish experiences in a welcoming, engaging environment. We offer:
Inspiring religious services
Educational, social, and cultural activities, serving multi-generational needs
A caring community that supports each other through both joyful and challenging life cycle events
Connections with the broader community and opportunities for Tikkun Olam...
Our intention, in all activities, is to provide an environment of warmth and an opportunity for personal growth. We celebrate together, we pray together, and we learn together, making Etz Chaim truly a home away from home.