Etz Hayyim serves also as a research and resource centre. Research into the long history of Jews on Crete is conducted at the Evlagon Institute for Cretan Jewish Studies, named after the last chief Rabbi of Crete, Avraham Evlagon. The institute coordinates research projects, publishes research results and develops materials for the synagogue’s educational outreach project and exhibitions. An ongoing project is conducted in cooperation with two Greek historians about the social history of the Jewish Community of Hania in the 19th and 20th century.
Archival holdings on Cretan Jewish history are being systematically expanded. There is also an extensive reference collection on a wide range of subjects concerning Judaism, Cretan Jewish history, the Jews of Greece and the Mediterranean, the history of European Jewry and the Holocaust, among others. In cooperation with the library at the University of Crete in Rethymnon, the catalogue of Etz Hayyim’s extensive library collection is being included in the university library’s online catalogue. The library and archive are open and accessible to the public and scholars.