Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregation of Indianapolis is located at 6939 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46260. We are a Sephardic Orthodox Congregation, established in the early 1900’s with our original founding families coming from Monastir, Salonika and the surrounding areas of the Ottoman Empire. Our current membership has many third generation members from our Founders, as well as families from Persia (Iran/Iraq), France, Morocco and Israel. Our members experience a wonderful mixture of Sephardic Jewish traditions and languages from all around the world. Our first Kahal was located on the Southside of Indianapolis at Morris and Church Street. We moved to 64th and Hoover in 1967, and built a new Kahal, which was completed in September 2005.
We typically have several Social Events throughout the year with Family involvement encouraged. There are always volunteering opportunities to be more connected with the Kahal, from helping to prepare the Shabbat Oneg to building the Sukkah. Our services are Sephardic Orthodox, and we have separate seating for men and women. The Sephardic service is full of traditions and encourages participation from the congregants.
The Deborah Sisterhood is quite active in the community, and offers a wide variety of events throughout the year. We have a Kosher Kitchen and Banquet Facility for our members’ use. Sisterhood is an integral part of the Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregation community.
Membership is open to any Jewish individual or family. Membership to Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregation allows you to be a part of our congregational family, attend services for all Holidays, as well as Social Functions. We maintain our own Cemetery (link to Cemetery page) located on West Street, as well as Kelly Street, and have burial plots, which are included in your membership when fully vested.
Membership applications can be mailed to Etz Chaim, Attn: Membership, P.O. Box 80004, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46280, and are voted upon at our bi-monthly board meetings. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact our President at
Become a Member by either using the PDF below or the digital form:
A representative of the membership committee will contact you for a welcoming call. This will be the time to discuss any special questions you have such as:
The place of children in the Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregation community
Life cycle events
The role of the Non-Jew in Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregation
How to get involved in the Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregation community
Reduced Membership dues if there is a financial hardship
Any other concerns
Please call the office for assistance if you have disabilities that make it difficult to fill out this application: (317)251-6220