OUR STORY

Aish Chaim is a collaboration between Etz Chaim and Aish Philadelphia. Both organizations were founded in the later part of the 20th century to engage Jews with the pursuit of Jewish living and learning in meaningful ways.

Etz Chaim was founded in 1988 by Rabbi Dovid Wachs, who partnered with Rabbi Moshe Ungar to spread the light of Torah across the region. Through it’s journey, Etz Chaim was based in North East Philadelphia, Center City and Elkins Park, but always reached Jews across the Greater City with an array of classes, programs, events, study partners and special trips.

Aish Philadelphia was founded in 1994 by Dr. Herb Caskey, and reached out to Jews especially – although not exclusively – on the Main Line. During that time, several Aish Rabbis and Rebbetzens touched thousands of Jews with an incredible selection of enlightening programs that brought so many Jews closer to Torah and love of Hashem.

Starting January 1, 2019 Etz Chaim and Aish Philadelphia joined together and officially became known as Aish Chaim.