Supporting your Jewish community.
A gift to Etz Chayim Progressive Synagogue is a gift that ensures Jewish sustainability in Melbourne.
Etz Chayim is the only Progressive Synagogue in the south eastern suburbs and offers a warm, welcoming environment in which everyone is invited to explore their own personal relationship with Judaism.
Your generosity will support ongoing programming, education and community service work that is provided every day at Etz Chayim.
Yarzeits / Remembering our Loved Ones
Memory is one of the most powerful forms of connection.
In Judaism, we have a strong tradition of remembering our loved ones after they have died. On the anniversary of the death of a loved one, we observe their yartzeit. Traditionally, Jews light a yartzeit candle (a special candle that burns for 25 hours), visit and place a stone on the grave of our loved one as a sign that we were there and have not forgotten them, that their spirit and memory will live on within us, and recite the mourner’s kaddish, the memorial prayer.
At Etz Chayim, on Shabbat, we read the names of the loved ones of our members whose yartzeits fall during that week, and invite members to have an Aliyah, to be called to the Torah for a special blessing, or accept another honour during the service. The community usually recites the mourner’s kaddish together in solidarity with those who are in mourning or observing yartzeit. It is customary to make a donation to the synagogue in honour of our loved one’s memory at the time of the yartzeit.
Wills & Bequests
Your gift creates future possibilities.
A gift in your Will is one of the most enduring and inspiring gifts you can give, and offer you the opportunity to continue your support of an organisation you are passionate about.
A gift in your Will to Etz Chayim Progressive Synagogue will help to ensure our future as an inclusive, vibrant and evolving progressive community.
Sponsor A Kiddush
A wonderful way to celebrate your special moments in life.
Sharing a simcha, honouring the memory of a loved one or simply for the pleasure of mixing and mingling with friends on Shabbat morning – when you sponsor a Kiddush, large or small, you are also supporting Etz Chayim at the same time.
We provide gorgeous Kiddush packages for b’nei mitzvah, baby namings, and L’chaims of all types, as well as a simple kiddush for birthday, anniversaries, or yartzeits.
L’Chayim Catering can also make your special day memorable and delicious!