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High Holy Day Service Info

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


Monday, October 3:     

Rosh Hashanah services                            10:30 am 

Tuesday, October 11:   

Kol Nidre services                                          7:30 pm    

Wednesday, October 12:   

Yom Kippur services  (including yizkor)  10:30 am


Monday, October 3:      

Tashlich at Watchung Lake gazebo          4:30 pm 

                        (no tickets needed – open to the community)


Ticket Costs (includes all 3 services):


Chai Center members and family (immediate & extended)   $100 each

Non-member                                                                                 $180 each

Children under 18 (must be pre-registered)                                Free 


Ticket Purchase:


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 BILL KRAUS serves as the Rabbi-in-Residence for Chai Center, leading Friday evening and Shabbat morning celebrations and study sessions.  Additionally, Rabbi Kraus does chaplaincy work at Holy Name Hospital, assisting hospice patients and their families. He leads bereavement counseling groups, and has developed a variety of older adult support programs. 


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 Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion School of Sacred Music in New York for more than 12 years 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.

Send a gift of honey to family & friends to wish them a Sweet New Year!

Saturday, September 24

Join us for the viewing of: Naomi.  A discussion will follow, highlighting the themes surrounding the High Holy Days. 

Wednesday, October 26

Join the ladies for dinner at 
Cafe Venezia in Martinsville

Men's Night Out

Tuesday, October 18

 Join our men's group for dinner at 
   Chimney Rock Inn in Bound Brook

Wednesday, September 28

Help feed the hungry 
at the South Bound Brook soup kitchen

Book Club 

Wednesday, October 19

Join us for a discussion of the book, 
  "Lilac Girls"  by Martha Hall Kelly

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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