The 2017 Congregation Etz Chaim NYC Teen Trip

Every year our Teen Confirmation Class takes a field trip to NYC to take in modern Jewish cultural sites (and a show on Broadway!) Check out this slideshow of the 2017 trip, made with the help of one of the teens, Gabriel Calandri.



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:

Come Join us for an evening
with Rebecca Comerford, Opera Singer
and Company Director of the Ojai Youth Opera Company.

Congregation Etz Chaim invites you to join us, July 6th, 2017, for an evening with Rebecca Comerford, opera singer and co-founder of the Ojai Youth Opera Company. Comerford’s Ojai Youth Opera Company recently performed Brundibar, an opera written and performed by Jewish children at the Terezin Concentration Camp during World War II. Written in 1938 by Jewish Czech composer, Hans Krasa, Brundibar carries a message of hope and acceptance that resonates today. Rebecca Comerford will provide a history of Brundibar, describe her experience bringing the opera to life as well as perform.

View a video here.

Read some more about Rebecca Comerford and the Ojai Youth Opera Company here.

Please join us Thursday, July 6th at 7pm. Desserts and coffee will be served. Congregation Etz Chaim is located at 36 Bacon Street, Biddeford. Parking is available in the lot next to the Biddeford Police Station.
A suggested donation of $10 for the Ojai Youth Opera Company would be appreciated. 

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Shabbat Service with Kiddush to follow in honor of Beth’s Cantorial Ordination

Saturday, June 3rd
Shabbat Service with Kiddush to follow
in honor of Beth’s Cantorial Ordination.

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