High Holidays 5777 – Fall 2016

Rosh Hashanah Day 1:

Evening Service: Sunday, October 2: 6:15 pm
Morning Service: Monday, October 3: 9:15 am | Torah Service: 10:15 am
Hineni: 11:15 pm | Service Ends: 12:15pm | Tashlich follows: 12:30 pm

Rosh Hashanah Day 2:

Evening Service: Monday, October 3: 6:15 pm
Morning Service: Tuesday, October 4: 9:15 am | Torah Service: 10:15 am

Yom Kippur

Evening Service: Tuesday, October 11: | Kol Nidre: 6:00 pm
Morning Service: Wednesday, October 12: 915 am | Yizkor: 11:15 am
Afternoon service: 4:30 pm
Community Break Fast: Begins approx. 6:15pm



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

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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:


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 >

April 2016 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.

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