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Our Congregation

Etz Hayim is comprised of a unique mix of 65 same and interfaith families centered around traditional Jewish life and services. After twenty plus years as a congregation we are in the midst of transitioning from our founding generation to a multi-generational community.


Our principal goals at this critical point in the life cycle of our congregation include enhancing a sense of  community, helping our children develop a strong Jewish identity, and fostering spiritual and religious growth for all of our congregants. We strive to be a  welcoming, engaging, inclusive and mutually supportive congregation.  We draw our members from the greater Southern New Hampshire region.


Among our core values are identifying and developing a strong sense of Jewish tradition. In particular, as a small, dedicated Jewish community, we value our ties to the other synagogues in our area with whom we have an annual pulpit swap and joint Selichot services. Our Rabbi is a member of the New Hampshire Board of Rabbis, and we actively participate in joint programs with other members of the Board. We have a close relationship with the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire, located in Manchester, ten miles to our North.  We also maintain active membership in the URJ.


To fulfill our role as a caring center of Jewish life within the region we emphasize community service through shared events with our neighbors in our interfaith campus, which includes annual Thanksgiving interfaith services and social action.


We benefit from a core of committed, engaged members, who have built a successful community, with a broad range of programs and events.  Notably, we are proud of our active Men’s Club and Women’s FAB Group, as well as our Adult Education series, Book Club, Yoga Shabbat services, and Elijah’s Table community dinners.


Our congregation is ideally situated within a one hour drive of Boston, The New Hampshire White Mountains, Seacoast and Lakes Regions. We enjoy a rich cultural and recreational landscape.
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