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Guest Rabbi Schedule

High Holiday Schedule

Grounds and Facility Clean-up Party

August 23rd at 8:00 am will be the annual community grounds and facility clean-up day for the Holidays. Volunteers are encouraged to arrive early with power & hand  tools.  Light breakfast will be provided. Rain date will be August 30th.

Tisha B’Av Community Service 

July 25th at 7:30 PM This will be a community wide observance and service. Please join us for this remembrance service.


Guest Rabbi Stephen Listfield

Special Guest Rabbi Stephen Listfield visited May 15-17th. He led Erev Shabbat and Shabbat morning Services. After the luncheon he conducted a class “When the Torah Embarrasses God.” Sunday we had a brunch and a time to ask the Rabbi questions.

We had a great brunch and a great time with the Guest Rabbi and his wife!














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Rabbi Stephen Listfield will be our Special Guest Speaker this coming weekend. Rabbi Listfield is coming to us from the Atlanta area where he is retired. He will visit with his wife, Leslie.

Rabbi Stephen Listfield began his education with a BA from Rutgers, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He continued his studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary, receiving his MA and graduating as the class valedictorian. He also studied at Princeton and at Yale Graduate School, as well as the Sorbonne in Paris and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has been a congregational rabbi for 39 years, since his ordination from JTS.

Rabbi Listfield’s extensive experience started in Hollywood, FL, as Associate Rabbi of Temple Sinai, then continued as Associate Rabbi in Washington, DC, at Adas Israel. While in Washington, he created the largest synagogue singles program in America and is responsible for over 100 marriages.

 Guest Rabbi Visit Rabbi Ira Flax

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Jewish Federations’s Israel Independence Day Celebration 2015
Joe Paddock, President Jewish Federation of Huntsville and North Alabama

Joe Paddock, President Jewish Federation of Huntsville and North Alabama







Lots of Delicious Food!

Lots of Delicious Food!










Falafel! Yum!

Falafel! Yum










Millie and a beautiful cake.

Millie and a beautiful cake.

















Great presentation and a wonderful Celebration for Israel Independence Day!

Great presentation and a wonderful Celebration for Israel Independence Day!





















Simchat Torah Celebration


Etz Chayim’s Simchat Torah celebration was so much fun: we had a Torah and light stick parade as well as a Pot Luck Dinner.








Our beautiful sukkah was a popular place! Kiddush, meals and study were some of the activities we enjoyed over the holiday. Many thanks to those who built, decorated and later disassembled the sukkah this year.





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The Sisterhood Membership Tea was held at the Goodman’s home (Thank You!).  Ana and her committee planned a great afternoon for us.  Chef Sara Brigadier prepared a beautiful presentation of gourmet foods that were even more delicious than they looked!





Etz Chayim Picnic, 2014
Our Annual Picnic was held at the Nature Trail on Green Mountain. The Men’s Club provided dessert to accompany the lunches we brought to enjoy under the trees and in front of the pond. People and pets alike enjoyed the day of company and relaxation.





Purim, 2014
 Etz Chayim’s Purim celebration was a fun time for kids of all ages! We began with a yummy Hot Dog Supper for everyone who attended, then we enjoyed the Purim Shpiel, which included participation by the young and the not so young. Finally, we had a Purim Hat contest. Everyone wins at this kind of festivity!




 TU B'SHVAT0001For Tu B’Shevat, 2014, Shirley and Ted Roberts donated two fig trees that were planted with a bit of  help from all who attended! The Rabbi was on hand, and we had some lovely refreshments for the celebration. BBYO members presented a poem, and we had a Hebrew song, too.  Luckily, the weather eased up, and we had a beautiful day for planting in January!






Etz Chayim Family Feud Night and Spaghetti Dinner! We had a great time with our own version of the Family Feud game.  ”Vanna” was even on hand–as elegant as ever!  We had lots of fun and laughs as well as a delicious meal together. What could be better?































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