About Us

Our Vision החזון שלנו

Inclusive, vibrant and evolving

Etz Chayim is a warm and friendly community that nurtures spirituality, learning and Jewish continuity. We believe and foster an ever-developing progressive evolution of Judaism as a way of life. We reach beyond the walls of our synagogue to learn, worship, support and serve to continually redefine what it means to be Jewish today.

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Our Mission

Whole life experiences

We provide a whole life experience including life cycles, festivals and social engagement. Our safe and welcoming space supports the development and expression of your individual relationship with Judaism.

Our Values

Cultivating and connecting people

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Social Justice
Tikkun Olam
Caring for & building a better World
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Empathy and
Compassion
Care & Consideration for fellow members and the community
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Mutual Respect

Honouring each other's views & backgrounds
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Personal
Integrity
Living and honest &
ethical life
 
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Community - Minded
 
Active engagement
with the broader
community
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Tolerance
 
Understanding &
accepting our
differences

Social Justice
Tikkun Olam

Caring for & building a better World

Empathy and
Compassion

Care & Consideration for fellow members and the community

Mutual
Respect

Honouring each other’s views & backgrounds

Personal
Integrity

Living and honest &
ethical life

Community – Minded

Active engagement with the broader community

Tolerance

Understanding &
accepting ourdifferences
Our Rabbi הרב שלנו

Rabbi Allison Conyer

Rabbi Allison Conyer, or Rabbi Allison as we know and love her, is Etz Chayim's rabbi.

Born into a Californian secular Jewish family, Rabbi Allison studied at modern Orthodox, Conservative and Progressive institutions. Committed to Jewish pluralism and with a strong background in both theatre and psychology, Rabbi Allison offers a refreshing perspective to Jewish learning, life and practice.

At the heart of Judaism are three beliefs about leadership: We are free, we are responsible and together we can change the world

- Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
Our Team הקבוצה/נבחרת שלנו

Together we unite our community

Etz Chayim would not be 'a wonderful place to be Jewish' without the help of our volunteers all of whom play a vital role, whether focusing on youth or seniors, fun or finances, learning or playing, with all committees welcoming new members and new ideas.

Please consider joining one of our committees and taking on a more active role within our congregational family.

The Etz Chayim Board of Management is elected at the Annual General Meeting held in February of each year.

Pam Spiegel (President)
Maureen Barten (Immediate Past President)
Lewis Bearman (Co Vice President)
Jade Rosenberg (Co Vice President)
Cassandra Barrett (Secretary)
Ron Popper (Treasurer)
Frank Moore
Gary Trytell
Beatrice Coleman
Max Freilich
David Bloom
Siri Clemans

The Etz Chayim Administration team, committed to bringing the community together.

Samantha Joseph
Harriet Niselow

Our choir team bringing us joy in music

Sharon Mattatia – Musical Director, Choir Director and Cantorial Soloist
Galit Klas – Cantorial Soloist
Vered Harel – Cantorial Soloist
Jade Roseberg – Cantorial Soloist
Jordan Walters-Brown – Cantorial Soloist
James Fredman – Musical Accompaniment

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