Chasidic Journey with Dr. Elliott Rosenbaum

February 5, February 12, February 19 and February 26 at 7:30pm 

Join Dr. Elliott Rosenbaum for a 4-part series on the Nesivos Shalom. The Nesivos Shalom is a series of writings by the Slonimer Rebbe which enjoys enormous popularity. The Slonimer Rebbe zt”l seems to have found the perfect mix of passionate and inspiring teachings  that speak directly to the individual. As a seasoned leader, he understood people with all their contemporary challenges, incorporating even the negatives into a roadmap that leads to a path of personal development, love for others and a deeper and more satisfying connection to G-d.

Etz Chaim Annual Gala 

Sisterhood Event with Rabbi Aroel Shoshan 

  Rabbi Ariel Shoshan February 22 at 7:30pm in the social hall.
"Raising Our Children and Ourselves"

The Mystical Truth of Ephraim & Menashe
Why did Yaakov Avinu (or our forefather Jacob, you choose) choose his little known grandsons as the model of Jewish success? What is the true disagreement between Yaakov and Yosef? And how do answers to these questions form the greatest advice available for child rearing and self improvement? The answers are sure to leave you equipped like never before.


JCA & Etz Chaim Co-Sponsored Family Hamentashen Bake

February 18, 2018

In preparation for the upcoming holiday of Purim, join the JCA and Etz Chaim Synagogue for our Family Hamentashen Bake.  Aside from baking our three cornered festival treats, there will be games and crafts for the children, and a special learning session for the adults. This event is free and is for the entire family.

Are You Ready for Pesach?

Are you ready for Pesach.jpgMarch 12, March 19 and March 26

Getting ready for Pesach generates feelings of anxiety for many of us. There are so many technical details to oversee that it can be quite overwhelming. Well, help is on the way. The best way to get ready for Pesach is to be more informed and well prepared for this important change. Please join us for a three part mini series that will enable you to celebrate Pesach with a minimal amount of stress!

Shabbaton with Rabbi Gavriel Friedman 

March 24, 2018

Rabbi Zale Newman

Reb Zale” Newman was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He studied in Kerem B’Yavneh (KBY) yeshivot in Israel, and Yeshiva University in New York, where he studied Talmud, Judaic Studies and completed a BA in economics. He received his Rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Reuven Silver of Bais Medrash N’siv Olam with whom he studied for thirty-eight years. He completed  his MBA studies at McGill University in Montreal and York University in Toronto. He is the founder and President of Bond Street Mercantile, where the concentration is on opportunities to invest in Israel as well as mortgage and real estate investments in Toronto. The flagship products are the Holy Land Investment Fund, the Canada Israel Infrastructure Funds, the only hedge funds of their kind available to Canadians who wish to invest in Israel. Reb Zale’s first love and “real” work is in the area of Jewish education. To this end, he served in every level of NCSY over the past forty years, including a stint as the International Director. Zale has lectured throughout much of the Jewish world including Costa Rica, Russia, Israel and most of North America. And he recently led a large men’s mission to Israel for the JWRP. Reb Zale’s musical talents have allowed him to contribute to the field of Jewish music as a musician, songwriter, record and concert producer. He serves as an advisor, teacher, consultant, and speaker for a number of outreach organizations around the world. Reb Zale is married to Rochel, a family therapist. Together they have been blessed with three children and five grandchildren and thousands of students and Shabbat guests. December 9, 2017


613: A Better Understanding Of This Mystical Number.

with Rabbi Avi Feigenbaum on April 16, April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14

Tradition tells us that G-d gave the Jewish People 613 Mitzvot. For most of us, many of these Mitzvot are unknown, and may seem random. But there is an internal structure and system to this Divine manual for life. Join this 4 part series, as we delve into the sources to discover what difference this makes to our daily lives. 

Sunday Scholar Breakfast-Do I Really Have a Choice About Change?

with Rena Schochet on April 22, 2018 at 10:00am

Rena Schochet is a life-coach who helps her clients find direction and establish accountability. A Baltimore native, Rena began her career as speaker in Johannesburg, South Africa. Upon her arrival in Canada, Rena filled the position as Director of the Women’s Studies Program. In 1997, Rena joined Torah Life & Living as Executive Director. In her role, Rena led workshops in Toronto, San Jose CA, Palo Alto and Las Vegas. She is a popular motivational speaker in the US and Canada. Utilizing her motivational skills, Rena turned her attention to health and wellness becoming a certified and successful health and wellness coach. Rena has been a frequent speaker in Jacksonville, Florida. She will be teaching at UNF for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in January of 2018.

Drawing upon her 30+ years of experience and her coaching expertise, Rena authored a book entitled The Five Pivotal Points of Change. The Mindful PRISM Change Process that Rena presents in her book provides the wherewithal to individuals to cope with changing circumstances in their own and their family’s health, lifestyle, and changing conditions.

Shabbaton with Aliza Bulow 

Aliza Bulow on June 2, 2018

Aliza Bulow a Jewish Educator for over thirty years, is the national director of Ner LeElef’s North American Women’s Program, and the Senior Educator for The Jewish Experience in Denver, Colorado.  She teaches ongoing classes in Jewish philosophy, basic Judaism and textual learning skills, as well as lecturing on a broad range of topics in venues across the country and around the world.  A 13th generation American born to Protestant parents in the 1960’s, her upbringing was intensely impacted by her parents’ deep commitment to the civil rights movement. After a spiritual search that began in early adolescence, Aliza converted to Judaism at the age of 16.  She went to Israel shortly thereafter where she lived for four years while she studied at Michlelet Bruria and the Hebrew University, and served in the Nachal division of the IDF during the 1980’s Lebanon war. In 1985, while completing her BA in Hebrew and Jewish Social Studies at Hunter College, she married Ephraim Bulow and moved to Long Beach, NY. Aliza is a mother, foster mother and mother-in-law of ten and a growing grandmother.  

High Holiday Primer

High Holiday primer.jpgAugust 20, August 27 and September 3

Be sure to make the most of your Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur this year by becoming more familiar with the service. Please join us for this inspirational, High Holiday mini-series that will truly bring your Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur experience to life! Find out what the Holidays are all about.

Tue, January 16 2018 29 Teves 5778