Shalom and Welcome!  

Congregation Etz Chaim is a non-denominational synagogue located in Biddeford, Maine.  Our members are from all over York county, and even beyond.  Check out our website to learn about our vibrant community and our synagogue offerings:

  • High Holiday Services
  • Shabbat Morning Services Twice A Month
  • Jewish Holiday Celebrations
  • Community Friday Night Potlucks
  • Weekly Hebrew School for School Age Children
  • Sunday School for Young Children & Families
  • Adult Education and Community Programming
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah Training

“We use gender sensitive prayer books in a warm, friendly atmosphere. We are also the home of the Samuel Osher Memorial Library, which offers Jewish books, music, education materials, and a wide selection of videotapes/DVDs.”

– David Strassler, President

Upcoming Events:

You Are Cordially Invited To Attend Etz Chaim’s York County Chanukah Pot Luck Party


Dance to Klezmer Music – Eat delicious latkes

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Place: Congregation Etz Chaim – Biddeford, Maine

Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please bring a dairy dish

Desert will be served

Please RSVP to Barbara Simensky

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Member Spotlight:

Member Spotlight – Ethan Levy

If you want to know about the Etz Chaim/York County Community Hebrew School, you should ask our new alum, Ethan Levy. Ethan, a 16-yr-old Junior at Thornton Academy, has been part of the Etz Chaim community – and the Hebrew School – for over half his life. “I think my family started going to Temple Read more >

Featured Member Recipes:

Recipe for High Holidays – Beef Brisket


Get this Recipe

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Watches I Have Known – Book Review, Part 1

By Maureen King

“First, a disclaimer — I’ve known Julie Campisi and her dad “Papa Barry” (both Etz Chaim members!!) for over 15 years. I’ve sat at Julie’s Seder table and Hanukkah feast and birthday parties and kitchen counter and listened to Papa Barry’s stories. When she told me that he was writing them down, I was an enthusiastic supporter. And now that I’ve read their book, Watches That I Have Known, I’m encouraging you to give it a read. Read more >

August 2015 Edition of The York County Jewish Community Newsletter

Want to know more about our community?  Read the latest edition of The York County Jewish Community Newsletter here.

2015 NYC Teen Trip Slideshow

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Every year our Teen Confirmation Class takes a field trip to NYC to take in modern Jewish cultural sites (and a Broadway show!) Check out this slideshow of the 2015 trip, created by one of the teens, Jackson Pierce.

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