Welcome to Chai Mitzvah

  • Learning

  • Social Action

  • Ritual

  • Community




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Chai Mitzvah launches a new community-wide roll out....Ignite Hartford!

Spark Your Imagination

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Chai Mitzvah is making an impact all over the world! 

Chai Mitzvah has impacted over 1,500 people worldwide, with over 20 states in the US, and South America, Canada, and over 14 sites in Israel

National Affiliations: Union of Reform Judaism (URJ), Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), Jewish Federations of NY, Jewish Community Endowment Foundation of Greater Hartford, Limmud NA, RAVSAK, Moishe Houses, Jewish National Fund, JVillage, and growing! 


Are you new to facilitating Chai Mitzvah groups?

Is your group lay-lead? Would you like some guidance for leading the upcoming topics? Click here for upcoming facilitator webinars. Open to all. 


New Curriculum for 2015

In addition to our recently revamped standard adult education curriculum, you can now adjust your Chai Mitzvah study with a focus on business ethics or family education.

Keeping our standard format of nine monthly session and topics, the Business Ethics curriculum is ideal for workday lunch study groups. Or if you're looking for a family-friendly study group, our specially designed Family Education module refocuses the Chai Mitzvah curriculum through a family-oriented lens. For more information on the Family Ed program, please contact [email protected] 


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

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 Collaborates

Chai Mitzvah is taking a bold step in collaborating with other groups, agencies, organizations, institutions to make your Chai Mitzvah experience as meaningful as possible.  Read about our partners here.

What Is Chai Mitzvah?

There are many doors through which you may enter a more meaningful Jewish life. Chai Mitzvah provides the framework and guidance to explore learning, spirituality, and social action on your terms, at your own pace. Offering an individualized approach to deepening your own engagement in Jewish life, Chai Mitzvah provides monthly learning and a program of personal enrichment.

There are five steps to the Chai Mitzvah program: 

1. Attend a monthly group study session for 9 months, with a specially designed curriculum, provided by Chai Mitzvah. 

2. Pick something you'd like to learn more about

3. Try or deepen a Jewish ritual or spiritual practice.

4. Engage in a social action project 

5. Celebrate your achievement 

See why over 1,500 people have already explored their Judaism with Chai Mitzvah! 


Why Chai Mitzvah?

Chai Mitzvah is non-denominational program designed for everyone, no matter what kind of active Jewish life you’ve had in the past. It’s the perfect opportunity to reconnect with Jewish texts, values, and settings; you will also reconnect with your community, developing your own meaningful Jewish life. This is an opportunity to explore and expand your Jewish horizons, study something you’ve always wanted to learn more about, deepen a ritual you already practice, and connect all the parts of your Jewish life.

You can decide what your adult Jewish life will look like.


Want to Learn More?

Visit our FAQ page


Ready to Start a Group?

Start here with one our introductory webinars, or contact [email protected] to get started today. 



 Chai Mitzvah is a nondenominational 501(c)3 corporation. 


"This experience helped me get a more sophisticated notion of Jewish tradition."
- Hugh Lifson, Mount Vernon IA
"I felt deeply motivated to learn more and do more in my Jewish life."
- Myrna Lawrence, Oak Park IL

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Welcome WRJ


WRJ women of reform judaism and Chai Mitzvah