A Unique Approach to Jewish Affiliation

Upcoming Events



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

Monday, September 30: Rosh Hashanah services 10:30 AM
Tuesday, October 8: Kol Nidre services 7:30 PM
Wednesday, October 9: Yom Kippur services (including yizkor) 10:30 AM
Monday,  September 30: Tashlich at Watchung Lake gazebo 4:30 PM
(no tickets needed – open to the community)





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:

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.

Saturday, September 21

Join us for a movie and discussion:
        A Hologram for the King


Tuesday, October 15

Join the men for dinner at 
 The Grub Hut in Manville

Book Club

Monday, September 23

Join our monthly discussion. September's book selection is

  Inheritance: a memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love

Friday, October 18

Join us for a wonderful, intimate, 
pot-luck Shabbat in the sukkah

Wednesday, September 18

Participate in 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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