What Makes Us Unique
Temple Chai is Warm & Welcoming
Our members are like family. We care for and about each other, and socialize before and after services and programs. Our membership is currently just over 80 families, and we are not interested in becoming so large that we lose our closeness. We are interested in welcoming more families that want what we do.
Temple Chai is Progressive & Reform
We are completely egalitarian, use the Reform prayerbook Mishkan T'filah, enjoy instrumental music and a mixture of Hebrew and English. We like to try new things, using tradition and modernity as our guide. In 2016, Temple Chai joined the Union for Reform Judaism.
Temple Chai is Diverse
We are welcoming of interfaith families and inclusive in every way, and some of our members are also active in other synagogues. We recognize that a spiritual life can be nourished in many ways, and that we don't have all of the answers.
Temple Chai is Informal
We don't stand on ceremony. We're a real congregation that takes Jewish life seriously, but believe that Judaism is meant to be celebrated and engaging. We're more about people than policies. (And if you call the Temple phone number, our rabbi is the one who answers!).
Temple Chai is Interactive
Ever huddle around the Torah for the reading? You can at Temple Chai. Our Torah study is conversational, and there are no steps to climb to our bimah (real or figurative). Our services include piano accompaniment and guitar, and are sometimes member-led, both by women and men. We make Judaism accessible and interesting to all.
Temple Chai is Flexible
We're in our thirteenth year and have changed our format and surroundings several times. We're not afraid to take chances and innovate. Have a great idea? You can make it happen with Temple Chai without impediments to creativity that can frustrate and stifle innovation.
Temple Chai is Affordable
No one is turned away from membership because of an inability to pay. Temple Chai does not presently own its own facility, so there are no capital costs passed on to members. We have no full-time staff (though we enjoy the services of a rabbi and a cantorial soloist/educator) and our total annual budget is quite modest. We do ask every member to make a meaningful contribution as an investment in his/her own spiritual life and community. Our suggested annual commitment is $1,800 per family unit.