What To Expect
"For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all people." Isaiah 56:7
Come experience the warm, caring welcome that Etz Hayim is known for. We want you to feel comfortable and connected, like you’re finally coming home. We eagerly embrace visitors and are thrilled to share our community with you. We hope you’ll return again and join us on our journey.
Etz Hayim is a young synagogue, as you can see from our modern building. More important, we are youthful and vibrant in spirit. We were founded in 1991 to be open to all seekers, and offer an intimate community in which we celebrate the cycles of our lives.
Find your spiritual connection!
People today crave a spiritual connection. The Etz Hayim community has strong roots in tradition and extends its branches into contemporary life. We fulfill our spiritual needs through prayer, learning, and social action, and the strong bonds of friendship provide the nutrients for growth. We invite you to make Etz Hayim your spiritual home.
Worship with us!
Services are traditional but egalitarian. Our style is inclusive and accessible. Non-Jewish family members are welcome to join in our worship and actively participate in community events.
Learn with us!
At the core of our mission is Jewish learning for all ages. We have three classroom for education, a dedicated corps of teachers, and a program that begins with our youngest preschoolers and continues through Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, and adult education.
Feel at home!
Our building and its site are user-friendly. Enter our handicapped-accessible front door. Our sanctuary has an inductive loop system for the hearing impaired. Most hearing aid wearers need no special equipment to take advantage of this amplification.
Make a difference!
Etz Hayim is committed to tikkun olam, making the world a better place through many programs. For example, our monthly Elijah’s Table dinner provides free dinners to the community, our youth organize winter coat drives, and we support Israel.
Etz Hayim Synagogue is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism and an active member of the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire. Our third and current Rabbi Peter Levy , has been with us since the summer of 2014. Our interfaith campus that we share with The Church of the Transfiguration is one of the few entities of this kind in the country.
We have all journeyed a long way to be together, but we have one thing in common: A need to connect, to be a part of a living community, to hold fast to Etz Hayim, the Tree of Life.
“It is a tree of life to all who hold fast to it, and whoever holds on to it is happy; its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace.”