A Unique Approach to Jewish Affiliation

Upcoming Events




Services (775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater, NJ):


Monday,        September 14:  Rosh Hashanah services                        10:30 am 

Tuesday,       September 22:  Kol Nidre services                                  7:30 pm    

Wednesday,   September 23:  Yom Kippur services  (including yizkor)   10:30 am


Monday,        September 14:  Tashlich at Watchung Lake gazebo          4:30 pm  

                                          (no tickets needed – open to the community)


Ticket Costs (for all 3 services):


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

Non-members                                                                  $180

Children under 18 (must be pre-registered)                          Free 


Ticket Purchase:


Click on the link below and print the order form.  Please complete this 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 Shabbat morning worship 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.  His past employments have included positions as a congregational rabbi, off-Broadway theater work, and an executive positon with the Jewish scouting program of National Boy Scouts of America.


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 10 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.

Wednesday, July 29

Help feed the hungry 
at the South Bound Brook soup kitchen


Friday, July 24

Join us for a casual pot-luck Shabbat

Book Club

Wednesday, September 16

Join us for a discussion of:
       What is Visible by Kimberly Elkins


                                        Men's Night Out

                                      Tuesday, September 8

                                      Join our men's group for dinner at
                                              Pinoy Filipino Restaurant

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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