Circle of Chai

What is the Circle of Chai?

The Circle of Chai is a group of JRC members who are willing to support JRC with a minimum annual contribution of $1000 above full dues. Circle membership does not denote wealth, but rather a special regard for JRC.

Why it matters

At JRC (as at most synagogues) member dues cover only a portion of the annual budget - just over 50%, in fact. When you join the Circle of Chai, you ensure that JRC continues to offer all our congregants and the community a wide range of worship opportunities, religious and adult education programming and tikkun olam activities, not just for today, but for tomorrow. Your Circle of Chai membership also continues JRC's longstanding commitment to welcoming everyone, regardless of ability to pay full dues.

How you can join the Circle of Chai

When you renew your membership each year, you can indicate on the renewal form that you would like to join the Circle of Chai. Or, you can simply contribute a minimum of $1000 in donations over the course of the membership year (July-June). These gifts are above and beyond the full dues, as well as religious school, preschool, b'nai mitzvah, Capital Campaign, and Building Fund commitments.


Please contact Joel Gratch, Vice President of Financial Development, at [email protected].

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The Green Synagogue and the Pillars of Chai


In 2008, we built the first platinum LEED-certified green synagogue in North America. The construction required 18 pillars - the number in Hebrew that also means "chai" or "life." 

Now, more than ten years later, JRC has launched the Pillars of Chai Campaign to raise $4.4m to wholly own our beloved building. 


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