This Week at Etz Hayim

Shevat 20 / Yitro
Thursday, January 20th
8:00 AM –  Minyan   

Online only

Non-members: Contact the office for connection information.

Members: Click here for connection information.

Friday, January 21st
6:15 PM – Kabbalat Shabbat 

Online and in-person

Non-members: Contact the office for connection information.                    

Members: Click here for connection information.

Saturday, January 22nd
10:00 AM – Shabbat Services

Online and in-person

Non-members: Contact the office for more information.

Members: Click here for connection information.

MLK Day of Service


MLK Day of Service

January 17th
9:00 AM-12:00 PM

CEH will once again partner with Volunteer Arlington to participate in “MLK Day of Service: A Day On, Not a Day Off!” Registration has closed for many of the volunteer opportunities, but options for last-minute participation will be posted here. On this page, you will find two volunteer options that still have openings now: a Listen and Learn on affordable housing in Arlington and Culpepper Gardens DIY cheer bundles.

Opening announcements at 9:00am will be virtual. Viewing details will be here.


And in the Seventh Year: Shmita Then and Now

January 19th
7:30-9:00 PM

The Bible tells us that every seventh year will be a Shmita or sabbatical year, where debts are forgiven, agricultural lands lie fallow, private landholdings become open to the commons, and staples such as food storage and perennial harvests are freely redistributed and accessible to all.

How was this actually practiced in Biblical and later times? What does it look like in Israel today? What are the social and ecological repercussions of such a practice?

This panel discussion, co-sponsored by the Haberman Institute, features CEH’s own Rav Natan; author and ecologist Rabbi David Seidenberg; and Hazon’s Bruce Spierer.


Introduction to Jewish Scribal Arts
with Alexandra Casser

January 22nd
7:00 PM

This class will serve as an introduction to safrut, the Jewish scribal tradition, including materials, different handwriting styles, and the most important laws of creating a torah scroll.
Alexandra Casser has been a soferet (Jewish scribe) and educator since 2010. She specializes in the restoration of antique torah scrolls. Ms. Casser studied Jewish scribal arts while attending Yeshivat Hadar in New York City. She will be repairing one of Etz Hayim’s torahs in May 2022 and congregants will have the opportunity to write a letter or phrase in the scroll.



Fall/Winter Membership Meeting

January 23rd
11:30 AM

Join us for our state of the congregation meeting to hear from synagogue leadership and committees. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.


Member Portal: Pay Your Dues, Make a Donation, Check Zoom Info

Access the CEH Member Portal by going to the Etz Hayim web page and clicking on Member Portal at the top of the page. If you need assistance with your Member Portal login, please contact the Office.

Did you lose a Zoom URL for services? Zoom info for religious services is here

Need to update your family Yahrzeits? Click on My Account and then Manage Yahrzeits.

Need help paying your invoices online? Please contact Marcy.

Amazon Smile logo

Use this link when you shop: and Amazon will donate to the Congregation with every purchase!

Harris Teeter: Together in Education and Target: Take Charge of Education

Click here to learn more about how you can join the program and how you can help the preschool!

Frank David Allender
Jose Simon Laufer Bass**
Karl Blinn**
Rose Blum**
Sidney Bratt**
Goldye D Braunstein**
Julius Coen**
Harry Cooper**
Beckie Greenberg**
Frances Halpern
Nathan Heiserman**
Maralyn Isaacs Levens**


Alyce (Allegra) Jacobs**
Jacob Kaplan**
Ray Levin**
Nathan Movitz**
Harold November**
John Potter
Dulcie Vivien Poznansky
Mae Shulman**
Leah Smotrich
Jacob Mordechai Tanzman**
Emanuel Thaler**

**Memorialized with a bronze plaque located in the Memorial Alcove. Each bronze memorial plaque bears the individual’s name and Yahrzeit date. Memorial plaques are illuminated during the Yahrzeit week. The plaques in our Memorial Alcove are a permanent part of Congregation Etz Hayim and serve as perpetual memorials.

Support Etz Hayim and honor a loved one or special occasion
You can dedicate a siddur in honor or memory of special people or events in your life. Each dedicated Siddur is $54.00.
Please contact the office ( with the information for each siddur you would like to dedicate.
Bikkur Cholim (Helping the ill) & Bereavement Committees

These committees are on standby to help in the hour of need for those who are ill or recuperating by visiting, calling, helping with grocery shopping, providing transportation to doctors or the synagogue, bringing meals, etc. or to assist a bereaved family in arranging for the funeral, Shiva Minyan, and meal of condolence. Notify the Etz Hayim office about your needs. 

Pozez JCC Virtual Programming

A way to stay connected and engaged.

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