Events

Tu B’Shevat

Events

Tu B’Shevat is a strange festival as it has had a very interesting change in character over the past 2000 years or so. In Torah it is designated as a Festival that had a quite practical purpose – that of setting tithes on trees and...

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Chanukah

Events

HANUKAH at Etz Hayyim - 24 Kislev - 1st Dec. 2010   Etz Hayyim and its fraternity and friends celebrated the first night of Hanuka as is usual since 1999.  This year the celebration was especially notable as we had over 60 people.  For three days before...

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Announcement for Chanukah

Events

Although the weather may not show it, December is fast approaching, and with it Chanukah! We will be celebrating the lighting of the first candle for Chanukah (Erev) on Wednesday, December 1st at 18:00 at the Synagogue and we invite you to attend and celebrate with...

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The High Holidays at Etz Hayyim

Events

We have a weekly challenge in Hania at the synagogue as we never really know how many people will be attending services - especially Erev Shabbat.  During the summer months we can have up to 50 people and during the winter when there are few visitors we...

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First Haircut for a male child

Events, Historical Information

The ritual cutting of the hair of a male child is a very ancient custom and is one that Jews, Christians, Muslims and members of other ancient religions share in common. In could be said that there is something 'Noahic' about it as it is so ancient...

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First Bat Mitzvah in Crete…

Events, Historical Information

Letter from London – The first Bat Mitzvah in 2,000 years By Antony Lerman  |  12/08/2010 As the last of our family and friends leave the old Venetian port city of Hania, Crete, after witnessing and celebrating with us the Bat Mitzvah of our daughter in the...

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June Wedding at Etz Hayyim

Events

In early June we had a festive wedding in the Synagogue. Since last year plans had been afoot for this event and though there were some initial halachic and even canonical problems we broached these with no difficulty. The couple, Mathieu and Alexandra Touboul of Paris...

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