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Aitz Hayim Center for Jewish Living
For twenty-nine years Aitz Hayim has been an innovative community making Jewish living inviting and accessible to all who are interested. We believe Jewish thinking is sophisticated, nuanced, and useful in navigating our complex lives and unstable world. We have developed services that are interactive, informal, and open to challenging ideas. Being a lay-driven, non-authoritarian community enables us to own our own Judaism. Studying with scholars, innovative thinkers, or activists who are using their Judaism to change the world gives us depth and insight in directing our energy and commitments. Taking responsibility for each other makes us more caring people. We draw on the liturgy to open up hidden inner feelings, never as rote exercises with responsive readings. Music stimulates personal expression, not passive withdrawal. Whether you are oriented towards being with us for Shabbat, High Holidays, or special events, the Aitz Hayim path will fill your head and your heart.