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Chai Center for Jewish Life School Now Accepting Registrations

Debbie Ann Weiner

Monday, August 18, 2014 • 8:55am

WATCHUNG, NJ -Chai Center for Jewish Life is now accepting registration for its Learning Center in its new location at 20 Shawnee Place, Watchung.  Classes for children in Kindergarten through 12th grades will be held on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. beginning on September 7. Registration forms can be found on the website, www.chaicenternj.org
 
Children who attend the program say “Hebrew school is cool”. They love attending and never want to miss. Sound unbelievable?
 
 This re-imagined program intermingles a complete Jewish curriculum with the spirit and fun of camp. Led by experienced Jewish educator, Sharon Friedman, along with a warm, nurturing and creative staff, the program is innovative, engaging, interactive, and experiential.  
 
The driving force behind the school’s philosophy is to make Judaism fun, relevant, and joyful.  According to Friedman, “Our school differs from traditional, synagogue-based religious schools in its approach and methodology. We are book-free and our environment is causal, welcoming and imbued with an infectious energy and spirit. Our children love their Judaism and are proud of their heritage.”
 
“We want students to feel good about themselves and about being Jewish,” Friedman continued.  “We foster a joyful learning community that is welcoming and inclusive. We learn, experience, pray and celebrate as a community. Meaningful relationships and community building between children and families is a central goal of our program.   We actively seek to build community grounded in relationships of caring, compassion, respect.” 
 
Another key factor in forming the school was to make Jewish education affordable and accessible to every Jewish child. Anyone who pays tuition ($950 per year, per child) is automatically a member of the Chai Center.  There are no other membership fees required.
 
Although Chai Center is not a full-service synagogue, the Learning Center helps prepare children for Bar or Bat Mitzvah, if the parents desire.  Hebrew reading instruction and synagogue service prayer liturgy are included as part of the Sunday program.
 
“When it comes time for your child to prepare to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Chai Center will act as a resource. We will provide you with names of tutors who are fully equipped to train your child at this step. These tutors work directly with Chai Center,” explained Friedman.  “You make the financial arrangements privately. We will also provide a list of rabbis and/or service leaders who are available.”
 
“The beauty of this is that you craft the Bar or Bat Mitzvah experience that is right for your family. Nobody will tell you what you can or cannot do. The staff at the CCJL Learning Center will help guide you. We believe this is a special moment in your life and there should be limited anxiety and stress.” 
 
For additional information, please call 908-864-7788, visit the Chai Center for Jewish Life website, www.chaicenternj.org , or email info@chaicenternj.org
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