Our Purpose

A History of Commitment
One day, Honi the Circle Maker was walking on the road and saw a man planting a carob tree. Honi asked the man, “How long will it take for this tree to bear fruit?”
The man replied, “Seventy years.”

Honi then asked the man, “And do you think you will live another seventy years and eat the fruit of this tree?”

The man answered, “Perhaps not. However, when I was born into this world, I found many carob trees planted by my father and grandfather. Just as they planted trees for me, I am planting trees for my children and grandchildren so they will be able to eat the fruit of these trees.”

Congregation Etz Chaim’s members and friends are deeply involved in the life of the synagogue, committed to its future, and dedicated to its mission and traditions. They support Etz Chaim through dues, donations and, of course with their time – perhaps the most valuable support of all.

While we enjoy the richness of our synagogue community, we ask, “Where will Congregation Etz Chaim be long after we are gone?” The Talmud teaches that each of us must personally act to ensure Jewish continuity. The synagogue is our stronghold for Jewish study, observance, communal activities, social justice, and our connection to Jews around the world and through the ages.

Congregation Etz Chaim’s Foundation will provide a vehicle for Planned Giving that will build a permanent fund to insure Etz Chaim remains a long-term strength for those in our community seeking to live by Jewish culture, values and religion