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Statement of Solidarity with Israel

We, the Jewish congregation in Merced, California, stand in solidarity with and complete support for the citizens of Israel, who have been barbarically attacked by the forces of terror.  We pray for the injured and their families, we pray for families of the murdered -- and families whose loved ones have been taken away, kidnapped and missing in Gaza - that their loved ones be safe and return quickly unharmed.  We commend the brave soldiers of the IDF, and others who are valiantly defending the land and people of Israel, in gratitude for their courage and personal sacrifice for Israel and her people.  We pray that they are successful in their mission and prevent the terrorists of Gaza and elsewhere from ever carrying out their evil schemes of destruction in the future.  We pray that through this tragedy that the people of Israel will stay strong, growing in strength to strength in the future, and will continue to be a light of righteousness, peace and strength from now and forever.


We are a small close knit Reform Jewish community in Merced, California. Please browse our website and feel free to contact us or join us for Friday night pot-luck dinner, schmoozing and services.


You will discover that we are one big family who enjoy studying, praying and celebrating life together. We are very welcoming of families with young kids, and everyone who is young at heart!

Congregation Etz Chaim Photo Gallery


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A photo gallery of our congregation
Our Rabbi reading torah with a Bat Mitzvah student
a calendar image stating "coming events"

3/1  7pm Formal Friday night services at our Chavurah House

3/9 9:00am-Noon. Yard work at our Chavurah House

3/15 6:30pm Potluck 7:30pm Kabbalat Shabbat Services at our Chavurah House.

3/18 6:15pm Board Meeting at Carol Friedman's home.

3/23 7:00pm Purim Game Night/Social


Our small, vibrant Jewish community is all about our people -- individuals and families -- Our Programs for children and adults -- and our religious and social services.  


In the spirit of Reform Judaism, we bring Judaism alive and help make it an engaging, meaningful and joyful part of our modern lives!


Click below and discover more about who we are, what we offer, and how you and your family may benefit being part of us!

seven congregants and our student rabbi holding art work they made at a retreat up in the mountains,
an image of someone holding a sign saying "We want to hear from you"

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Congregation Etz Chaim's phone number is (209) 722- 0530.

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