Chai: Young Professionals

Chadeish Yameinu -- Chai -- is the young professionals group at Shaare Zedek. Created to meet the needs of young professionals and graduate students, many of whom grew up at Camp Ramah, Chai coordinates services, meals, and holiday celebrations that are open to all. We meet twice per month for egalitarian, traditional, and ruach-filled davening, and once a month we have a catered community Shabbat dinner which is a social highlight.

Join us for Chai's farewell dinner on March 31st! Please read the statement below about Chai at Shaare Zedek.


a special statement about chai - March 2017

Dear Chai Minyan community,

We are writing you today to announce that Friday night, March 31st will be the last minyan and dinner of the Chai Minyan at Shaare Zedek. 

At a meeting in late February, we met with Rabbi Geffen to discuss how, over the past year, it has become clear to us that, as much as we love Chai, the minyan can no longer sustain itself. We believe that a minyan is founded with a sense of freedom from institutional ties, and that one core element of that freedom is being able to say with honesty and clarity that the time for the minyan has run its course. Sadly, for Chai that time is now. 

Rabbi Geffen and the Shaare Zedek community have expressed to us their understanding and share with us both a sense of loss and also the belief that this decision is the right one at the right time. The entire Shaare Zedek community wishes to express their gratitude to the Chai leadership and membership for their dinners, Simchat Torah ruach, Purim parties, and all the wonderful memories we have made together; and want to express their heartfelt hope that the faces and personalities of the Chai community will continue to join with Shaare Zedek into the future -- especially as the congregation will, in the coming months, begin its transition into a new space.

The Chai leadership team would like to thank the previous members of Chai's leadership, and Shaare Zedek leaders for their commitment to Chai throughout the past seven years. 

On March 31, Chai Minyan will throw its last dinner to honor the seven years we shared together. We look forward to seeing you all there for one last hurrah. PS, the food, as always, will be awesome! Please sign up at the following link. Can't wait to see you all there!

Thank you all for so many years of simcha!

The Chai Leadership Team and Rabbi Jonah Geffen