Chai Mitzvah by the Numbers!
Ever wonder how many, what kind of, who are, how old? Here are a few statistics to ponder:
- Current crop of participants are projected at 600, adding to the 1000 already impacted by Chai Mitzvah in years past.
- Our youngest participant is a college student; our oldest is "Sophie", who just turned 100!
- 44% of our participants are between 56-70. 20% are between 46-55; 16% are between 36-45; 14% are over 70, and 10% are between 26-35
- 75% of last year's participants said "my personal Jewish life has been affected for the better."
- 88% said their overall experience was good or excellent, and the same number said they'd recommend Chai Mitzvah to friends and family!
- Denominations? Well, 23% are identified as Community/Renewal/Other. 42% are identified Reform, 28% Conservative and we have a couple of Orthodox communities.
- Consistently - over 75% of last year's participants said they were likely/highly likely to continue their learning, spiritual practices and social action choices.
That's a LOT of Jewish lives that have been changed by Chai Mitzvah!
Check Us Out in the News!
Chai Mitzvah's Executive Director Audrey Lichter writes about the boom generation for eJewish Philanthropy here.
And read our feature on popular parenting site Kveller, here!
is taking a bold step in collaborating with other groups, agencies, organizations, institutions to make your Chai Mitzvah experience as meaningful as possible. Perhaps you are wondering what to choose for your independent projects in learning, spirituality, or social action? Take a look at these links to broaden your options and see what interests you. Watch this space for more info!
Chai Mitzvah is making an impact all over North America!
Chai Mitzvah host groups include:
Interested in Learning More About Bringing Chai Mitzvah to Your Community?
Contact Anita Silvert, Director of Community Outreach, at Anita@chaimitzvah.org.
Chai Mitzvah and JNF
In collaboration with the Jewish National Fund (JNF), Chai Mitzvah now plants a tree in Israel for each participant who completes their Chai Mitzvah program.
From Nice to Effective: A Metric for Jewish Funders
Scott Shay, Chai Mitzvah Board President and author of "Getting Our Groove Back: How to Energize American Jewry" writes about effectively evaluating programs. Read his latest piece here.
About Chai Mitzvah
Chai Mitzvah was created in 2008 as a way to engage adults in a Jewish journey throughout their lives. Although first-time participants can be any age, Chai Mitzvah encourages adults, every 18 years after the age of bar/bat mitzvah to take some time to reflect on where they are Jewishly and what they would like to achieve.
There are five steps to becoming a Chai Mitzvah, which include:
1. Attending a monthly study session for 9 months, with a specially designed curriculum
2. Identifying something Jewish you want to learn
3. Taking on or deepening an existing Jewish ritual
4. Engaging in a social action project
5. Celebrating your achievement
Chai Mitzvah groups can be formed in Synagogues, Jewish Federations, among interest groups such as writers, artists or environmentalists, or among friends. Whenever a group of adults can come together, a Chai Mitzvah group can be formed! It is our hope that Chai Mitzvah will partner with individuals and Jewish communal organizations to serve as a catalyst and ignite deeper Jewish engagement and continued growth into the 21st century.
Chai Mitzvah is a nondenominational 501(c)3 corporation.
Top 10 Reasons to Join
1. Appropriate for all “streams of Judaism”
2. Free in most communities
3. A turnkey program that can be easily implanted into current organizations
4. Serves for greater community involvement
5. Creates strong friendships among its participants
6. Partners with communities to provide seed grants to launch the program
7. Makes a lasting relationship between individuals and their Jewish community
8. Geared towards growing spiritually and learning Jewish values
9. A warm environment that strives to meet each participant’s goals
10. Easy to get started and fun to do!