Welcome to our place for Chai Club…
The Chai Club was established as an arm of the Temple in 1977. With the merger of The Suburban Temple, Temple Judea and Temple Emanu-El, we now number over 170 members and are one of the largest groups of our kind in Reform Judaism. Membership in the Club is open to anyone who has been a member of a Temple for 18 (Chai) years or more, or is at least 50 years old, or is married to someone who meets these requirements. Dues are $18 per person per year.
The purpose of the club is to find and promote common areas of interest in Judaism, social and welfare activities. Although we are not a fundraising arm per se, our membership is very involved in Bingo, the Temple’s largest fundraiser. We are also strong supporters of UJA, and State of Israel Bonds. The Club is governed by an active board of 24 dedicated members. You can read our monthly column in The TBT Voice to stay informed about our activities and accomplishments.
Our yearly activities include monthly general meetings during which we have a speaker or entertainer, celebrate together, and have a delicious collation. Two of our favorites are a paid-up membership dinner and a trivia contest with prizes. During the year we provide opportunities to attend several cultural and social events. These have included trips to see local theater productions, local sites of interest, and adult education classes as a group. Chai Club has an ongoing community project supplying canned food to those in need. We support a Passover Second Day Seder led by the Cantor for Temple members and the community at large. Many of our Friday night services are attended by our membership who often sit together during the service and the oneg. All our trips and programs are open to all members of the Temple, and some are even open to the community.
Many of our members remain involved and connected members of TBT through their membership in the Chai Club. If you are looking for your niche at TBT, maybe our Arm is where you belong.