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.
Chai Mitzvah Is Growing!
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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.
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!