Office of the Chief Rabbi

The Chief Rabbi’s Etz Chaim Project

Whether your community is large or small, young or mature, a visit from a group of experienced madrichim (leaders), courtesy of the Centre for Community Excellence‘s Etz Chaim Project, is guaranteed to transform a Shabbat or Yom Tov experience for your members.

Working in partnership with British youth organisations such as Bnei Akiva and Ezra Youth, the Chief Rabbi’s Centre for Community Excellence works to recruit the most dynamic and committed individuals to tailor-make programmes that synagogue members will enjoy over Shabbatot and Chagim.

Numerous small teams of Madrichim have already visited congregations across the UK, creating enriching Jewish experiences and enhancing communal life by performing such roles as leading services, leyning, giving Divrei Torah (words of Torah), running youth programmes and children’s services, coordinating communal meals and generally helping out. The aim, essentially, is to help create a wonderful ruach (atmosphere).

The madrichim were fantastic and we had a wonderful Shabbat. When can they come again?’
President, Childwall Synagogue

Further Information

For Communities: Find out what hosting an Etz Chaim team entails

Please click each sub-heading to find out more.

  1. How it works
  2. How to arrange a visit
  3. How Madrichim can contribute
  4. The community’s responsibilities towards its Etz Chaim team
  5. Follow-up to a visit
  6. Feedback from past visits 

For Madrichim: Find out what being part of an Etz Chaim team entails

Please click each sub-heading to find out more.

  1. Welcome to the programme
  2. Introduction to the Chief Rabbi’s communities
  3. How it works
  4. How Madrichim can contribute
  5. What is expected of a Team Leader?
  6. The community’s responsibilities towards its Etz Chaim team
  7. Follow-up to a visit
For more information, please call 020 8343 6309 or email rachel@chiefrabbi.org