KEHILLAT ETZ CHAYIM FAQS
What is Kehillat Etz Chayim?
Etz Chayim was formed in 2018 as a Modern Orthodox congregation serving serving residents of Huntington Woods, Michigan and surrounding cities that is guided by the rabbinic leadership of Rabbi Asher Lopatin.
How often will Etz Chayim meet?
Members of the community currently are meeting for Shabbat services from Mincha on Friday night through Maariv on Saturday, as well as on all holidays.
Where will Etz Chayim be located?
While a specific long-term location has not yet been determined, the shul intends to be located on Coolidge Highway between Ten Mile and Eleven Mile. As KEC continues its pursuit of long-term space, see below for information regarding our temporary location and also minyanim hosted by members of the community.
Where and when will Shabbat and holiday davening be held?
For the time being, members of the community will be hosted in private residences for prayer services on Friday nights and Saturday nights. During the pandemic and through September 4, 2021, Shabbat morning services also have been and will be hosted by our members in their homes. Our hosts have rotated over the years; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the address of the current hosts.
KEC anticipates returning to the Beth Shalom chapel for Shabbat morning and holiday services beginning with Rosh Hashana 2021. Please stay tuned for the full schedule.
Do I need to be a member or purchase tickets to attend Shabbat or holiday services?
Membership never is required to attend Shabbat davening. For the High Holidays, tickets or membership are kindly requested. Those who wish to support Etz Chayim may do so by becoming a member, sponsoring a Kiddush or making a contribution.
Will there be programming for children?
Yes, children’s learning and activities will be a focus of Etz Chayim.
What is the relationship between Etz Chayim and Congregation Beth Shalom?
Kehillat Etz Chayim is renting Beth Shalom’s small chapel for use during as we seek out an ideal permanent location.
What is Etz Chayim’s hashkafa?
Etz Chayim is a Modern Orthodox congregation. The davening and religious practices will comport with those observed in traditional Modern Orthodox davening. Etz Chayim will not be a “partnership minyan.” We will look for opportunities for all congregants – men, women, and children – to engage meaningfully in the shul services and with their Judaism. Specific details, such as the nature of the mechitza, choice of siddur, etc. will be determined by the Rav in consultation with the Ritual Committee.
May I attend the shul if I do not identify as Modern Orthodox?
All who wish to attend Etz Chayim are welcome to do so no matter their hashkafic or denominational identification.
What are Rabbi Lopatin’s rabbinic credentials?
Rabbi Lopatin received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshivas Brisk of Chicago under the esteemed Rav Ahron Soloveichik zt”l and from Yeshiva University in New York. From 1981 until Rav Ahron’s passing, Rabbi Lopatin had a close personal relationship with Rav Ahron (and was inspired by Rebbetzin Ella Soloveichik, zt”l) and served as Rav Ahron’s Meshamesh in New York while Rabbi Lopatin studied for ordination.
Who is Rabbi Lopatin?
Rabbi Lopatin, a Torah scholar and a Rhodes Scholar, is husband to Rachel and a father of four. In addition to leading Etz Chayim, Rav Asher will establish an academic center for civil discourse to be based in Southeast Michigan. He most recently was President of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York. Prior to that he was the head Rabbi of the Anshe Sholom Modern Orthodox congregation in Chicago, which he grew by hundreds of families.
Rabbi Lopatin now looks forward to partnering with the region’s many congregations, institutions of Jewish learning, and rabbinic and spiritual leaders to advance Torah study and community-building in Huntington Woods and surrounding areas.
How do I become part of the Etz Chayim email distribution list?
If you would like to receive updates from the shul or weekly divrei Torah from Rav Asher, please email email@example.com with your contact information. You can also stay up-to-date on our Facebook page and, soon, our website.
How can I become involved with or learn more about the shul?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to express an interest in becoming involved.
How can I support the shul?
Contributions may be made through Paypal at Etz Chayim’s Facebook page or by check to Kehillat Etz Chayim, 25210 E. Roycourt, Huntington Woods, MI 48070. In addition, the shul’s website, which is in formation, also will accept contributions and membership fees by credit card.