A Unique Approach to Jewish Affiliation

Upcoming Events




Services (JCC - 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater, NJ):

Thursday, September 21: Rosh Hashanah services  10:30 am
Friday, September 29: Kol Nidre services   7:30 pm
Saturday, September 30:  Yom Kippur services  (including yizkor) 10:30 am
Thursday, September 21: Tashlich at Watchung Lake Gazebo
 (no tickets needed – open to the community)
4:30 pm


Ticket Costs (for all 3 services, whether you choose to attend 1, 2, or all 3):


Chai Center members and family (immediate AND extended) $100 each
Non-members   $180 each
Children under 18 (must be pre-registered)  Free


Ticket Purchase:


Click here to print the order form.  Please complete the form and mail it with a check payable to:

    Chai Center for Jewish Life – 20 Shawnee Dr., Suite C - Watchung, NJ 07069


Service Leaders:


RABBI KIM GERINGER serves as one of the rabbis for Chai Center, leading Shabbat morning study sessions and celebrations.  Additionally, she is a member of the faculty at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she currently teaches in the rabbinic and cantorial departments. Rabbi Geringer previously served as the associate rabbi at Temple Har Shalom in Warren, and rabbinic leader at Sha-aray HaYam in Manahawkin.


STEVEN DROPKIN 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 been a guest lecturer at HUC-JIR School of Sacred Music in New York and has served as a panelist at the American Conference of Cantors National Convention.  Many of his songs are considered standards in synagogues, religious schools, and Jewish summer camps.

Book Club

Monday, September 18 

Discussion of "Kingdom of Olives & Ash" 
 by Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman

Tuesday, October 10

Join the men for dinner at 
 Bruno's Bistro in Warren

Movie & Discussion + Selichot service

Saturday, September 16
View the movie, "Baba Joon", and stay for the discussion and selichot service in preparation for the High Holy Days

Tuesday, September 26

Join the ladies for dinner, friendship and fun at 
Capital Craft in Green Brook

Wednesday, October 4

Help feed the hungry at 
the South Bound Brook soup kitchen

Friday, October 6

Share a casual, informal, pot-luck Shabbat.  
  Hosted at the home of Iris & Jeff Wasserstein

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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