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Mission Statement

To cultivate, develop, and sustain a warm synagogue community that reflects the mission of G-d in this world by creating and nurturing experiences based on Torah and Tradition to a diverse membership. 


In 1947 a few dedicated men agreed that there should be an Orthodox congregation in Jacksonville. Private homes were used to conduct services until a vacated former Boys Home was purchased and used as a synagogue. This was the beginning of Etz Chaim.

Today, maintaining the tradition and spirit on which Etz Chaim was founded, the shul is dedicated to providing a spiritual setting for the growing Jacksonville Jewish population. They are committed to outreach, providing classes and programs to our congregants as well as providing a home for those who are searching for greater depth in Judaism.


To establish and maintain a place at which the members can study, worship and hold divine services in accordance with Orthodox Jewish traditions;
To uphold the principles of the United States Government and the traditions of Judaism;
To encourage the highest ethical conduct by members;
To teach the members and their children the heritage and orthodox traditions of
the Jewish religion; and to promote fellowship and goodwill among the members and between the members and the rest of the community.

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