KEHILLAT ETZ CHAYIM FAQS
What is Kehillat Etz Chayim?
Etz Chayim was formed in 2018 as a Modern Orthodox congregation serving residents of Huntington Woods and Oak Park, Michigan and surrounding areas. Etz Chayim is guided by 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 night, as well as on all holidays.
Where is Etz Chayim located?
A permanent location has now been acquired, on Coolidge Highway between Ten Mile and Eleven Mile. The address is 26341 Coolidge Highway, Oak Park, MI, 48237. All synagogue activities will be held at this site.
Where and when will Shabbat and holiday davening be held?
All synagogue activities will be held at the new building site. Any changes to location will be announced ahead of time.
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.
Is there programming for children?
Yes, children’s learning and activities is a focus of Etz Chayim. Weekly shabbat programming is offered for children of a range of ages.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information. You can also stay up-to-date on our Facebook and website.
How can I become involved with or learn more about the shul?
Please email email@example.com with questions or to express an interest in becoming involved.
How can I support the shul?
Please visit our support page here for complete information.