A Unique Approach to Jewish Affiliation
Register now for the 2020-2021 Sunday School by completing the registration form linked below

Upcoming Events



Service Schedule:

Friday,           September 18:          Erev Rosh Hashana                      7:00 pm

Saturday,      September 19:          Rosh Hashana                              10:30 am

Sunday,         September 27:         Kol Nidre                                        7:00 pm

Monday,        September 28:         Yom Kippur morning                       10:30 am

                                                            Yom Kippur afternoon                    1:30 pm

                                                                 Book of Jonah

                                                                             Special address by Steve Piller


             Registration is required to receive links to Zoom and prayer books.

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

Register here: https://forms.gle/j6jZz6xAy21x73n97

Donate via Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Religious-School/Chai-Center-for-Jewish-Life-154157818103037/

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 he leads monthly Shabbat morning study sessions and worship services for us. We are thrilled to have him return to lead our High Holy Days after a five year hiatus. His big personality, warmth, and humor makes 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-Yam in Manahawkin. 

STEVEN DROPKIN will once again, as he has for the last seven years, inject a sense of spirituality and engagement into our services, with his special brand of music.  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 for Torah study and Shabbat service
EVERY Saturday morning

Help us fill the empty shelves of the bound Brook food pantry & perform the mitzvah of feeding the hungry!
Two drop-off locations: Basking Ridge & Bridgewater

    Drop off until September 30

Book Club 

Monday, September 21
  Join our monthly discussion of

   Apeirogon by Colum McCann

Sunday, September 6 
    10:30 am - 11:30 am

 Join a dicussion at the Racial Injustice Think Tank:
         So You Want to Talk About Race

Wednesday, September 23

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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