A Unique Approach to Jewish Affiliation
Register now for the 2021-2022 Sunday School by completing the registration form linked below

Upcoming Events


                High Holy Day

                   Service Information

Service Schedule:


September 7:

Rosh Hashana

10:30 am

Tashlich (Watchung Lake)

4:00 pm


September 15:

Kol Nidre

7:30 pm


September 16:

Yom Kippur (including yizkor)

10:30 am


IN-PERSON: Complete registration form and return by mail:

High Holy Day Ticket Form – 2021 

VIRTUAL : Registration via this link: https://forms.gle/qi7Uf5h8yH7t6f9e9 

There is NO charge for VIRTUAL, but a holiday donation is greatly appreciated

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Donate via mail: Chai Center - 20 Shawnee Drive - Suite C - Watchung, NJ 07069

Service Leaders:

RABBI JOSH GOLDSTEIN is the founding rabbi of Chai Center, and leads monthly Shabbat morning study sessions and worship services. His big personality, warmth, and humor make his services especially enjoyable and meaningful. He is Rabbi Emeritus at Temple Sha’arey Shalom in Springfield where he served as spiritual leader for 30 years. He also served as the rabbinic leader at Temple Sha-arey Ha-Yamin Manahawkin.

STEVEN DROPKIN will once again, as he has for the last eight years, inject a very special spirituality and comfort into our services. He has been actively involved in Jewish music for over 30 years and is highly regarded as a major composer of contemporary Jewish music and liturgy. He has recorded 6 albums of original music and many of his songs are considered standards in synagogues, religious schools, and Jewish summer camps.

Join us in-person every Tuesday

Book Club 

Monday, September 20

  Join our monthly discussion of

   The Alice Network 
     by Kate Quinn

Join us in collecting much
 needed food & supplies
 for victims of Hurricane Ida            

Wednesday, September 22

Join us in fulfilling the mitzvah of feeding the hungry 


Chai Center for Jewish Life was founded by a warm, vibrant, and diverse group of individuals and families.


Our Mission

 Our mission is to provide an AFFORDABLE center for multi-generational learning, celebration, and worship in a liberal and egalitarian environment.  We seek to unite as a community to deepen our Jewish experiences, inspire spirituality and promote social action by embracing Jewish values based on the teachings of Torah.

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