Chavurat Aytz Chayim’s goal is the creation of a community committed to the values of Torah and the tradition of the Jewish people. The Chavurah recognizes the importance of Rabbinic Judaism and the need for communites to speak from the values of the Jewish tradition. Through continued study and self-examination, the Chavurah’s members dedicate themselves to a creative search so that each may arrive at a personal understanding of Jewish life, thought, practice, and the forms of expression that Jewishness will take.
Understanding that Judaism is meant to be lived and experienced in a family setting, with the mood and tone of Jewish life being set by parents and other adults of the community. The primary concern of the Chavurah is adult study of “Torah” (i.e., the thought, practice, and history of the Jewish People) whose aim is to deepen our awareness of the meaning of being Jewish in today’s world.
The Chavurah’s community is further enriched when families join together to celebrate those moments of Jewish significance throughout the year. Shabbat services play an important role in the community as do the High Holy Day and other holiday celebrations.
Chavurat Aytz Chayim is sustained by its members, who share in the the planning and organizing responsibilities that maintain the community’s well-being.
In these ways, the Chavurah hopes to be a living part of the Jewish People, sharing in its task to sanctify life within community through a sense of holy commandments.