The goal of The Chai West Center is to give teenagers and locals in the west island a sense of Jewish identity and Jewish pride, keeping them connected to their roots.

For over 2 years now The Chai West Center has been making a powerful impact on the Jewish teenagers from Dollard-Des-Ormeaux. The Rocking Rabbi David Lazar who is the Director of Outreach for The Chai West has offered great Jewish programs & events for young adults and teenagers in that area.

Every Friday night Rocking Rabbi has 15-25 students over at his house for Shabbat dinner until 3:00am in the morning. One student David A. was quoted" Since I've been going to the Rabbi's house for Shabbat I feel so proud to be a Jew. I started to wear my Star of David to show it."

One of the very successful programs that Chai West offers is called "The Schmooze Club." Rocking Rabbi David visits 3 West Island schools weekly, bringing kosher pizza & danishes for the students during their lunch hour, discussing many Jewish issues & Jewish topics.

The Chai West has also made amazing holiday events during the Jewish holidays. A smashing Chanukah party with over 50 teens, and "Sukkah hopping" in limousines with over 30 teens visiting Sukkahs all over the city, were among the many successful events.

On a Ski Retreat Weekend Shabbaton for 20 students. A student named Ricki quoted " The Chai West ski trip was the best trip I was ever on!"

On a Chai West NYC trip, another student quoted "The N.Y trip was AWESOME!" - J.R.



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The Schmooze Club

Our Schmooze Clubs are alive and kicking at your local High schools in the West Island during Lunch Hour. We are in Lindsay Place, Riverdale and Wic.

For those of you who would like to get a dose of spirituality and find out a little more about your Jewish roots in a unique and cool perspective, then come on down and join the Rocking Rabbi David Lazar at your school once a week during Lunch hour.

The Schmooze Club is on the cutting edge of informal education, providing free pizza and fries for students in the public and private schools of the West Island , during the school lunch hour.

The Schmooze Club is a unique informative program that offers affiliated & unaffiliated Jewish Teens a chance to discuss a wide spectrum of topics of interest to them that aren’t in their standard curriculum at their local high school. The Schmooze Club is open to students from all different faiths and backgrounds. This Club offers the Jewish perspective on many of the issues & topics in our daily lives including personal beliefs, morals & values, and religion.

We hope to see you there!



For more information on Chai West or the Schmooze club, please contact

Rabbi David Lazar [email protected]