You may find Jews anywhere on earth...

Congregation Etz Chaim Ramona you'll find a small warmhearted group who will welcome your family with open arms.

In 1980 a few Jewish families got together to form a congregation. Like many others, we had moved to Ramona seeking clean air, excellent school district, and a rural atmosphere. Here in Ramona, we found good neighborhoods and a small town friendliness. Still it wasn't enough. We wanted to hold on to our Jewish traditions and values, and pass on our heritage to our children.

So - we established Congregation Etz Chaim, a tree of life, which embodied our desire for the future.

We hold Shabbat services monthly on Friday evenings where we read from the Torah, sing and socialize. We meet in each other's homes for an informal gathering. We also have a monthly Torah study session on Sundays lead by member Chuck Kotkin. We hold High Holiday services, special celebrations for Sukkot, Chanukkah, Tu B'Shvat, Purim and Lag B'Omer as well as a community Seder for Passover.

We invite you to join with us at any of these occasions and help nourish the Jewish community within Ramona.

Congregation Etz Chaim
P.O.Box 1138
Ramona, CA 92065
Tel: 760-789-7393

You can learn a bit more about the congregation from an article that appeared about us.

Rabbi Mark Hurvitz
Our Rabbi's Web Site
President Rhoda Hamburger
Vice President Diana Levin
Treasurer Lynne Shevinsky
Corresponding Secretary Chet & Joann Greenberg
Recording Secretary Gail Cole
Trustees Larry Axelrod; Betty & Bob Bernath;
Helene Radzik; Sandra Whitmarsh; Al Wollner

Recent loss in our community

Helen Farber

Mother of Rhoda Hamburger
Grandmother of Lynne Shevinsky
Great Grandmother "GG" of
Benjamin Shavinsky and Carly Shevinsky


Member of the Union for Reform Judaism

Last updated July 18, 2006