Congregation Etz Chayim was founded in Chapel Hill in 2004 as a high quality, affordable local alternative to other synagogues in the area. It is an unaffiliated, small caring community that enjoys gathering for study; prayer; deeds of kindness and social justice; and celebratory and social activities. Our leaders are competent lay people, and members participate at a high level in our activities.
Congregation Etz Chayim’s membership comes from diverse Jewish and geographical backgrounds. Worship services are Reform-style. Activities are oriented toward older adults rather than children.
Above all, Congregation Etz Chayim seeks to nurture all individuals to develop their own capacities and focus on the Jewish values most important to them. Our highest value is to treat with kindness and honor the capabilities of all people, and we are egalitarian in all respects. Spending and fund raising are relatively low and not significant issues.