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  • "..it's a way of living, not just taking a course"

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Community News

Chai Mitzvah by the Numbers!

Who has been the oldest Chai Mitzvah? The youngest?  Read more about who, why, where are Chai Mitzvah participants.


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

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.

Chai Mitzvah is making an impact all over North America! 

Chai Mitzvah host groups include:

  • Congregation Ahavas Chesed - Mobile AL
  • NE Miles Jewish Day School, Birmingham AL
  • Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley - Sedona AZ
  • Congregation Kehillah - Scottsdale AZ
  • Congregation Beth Israel - Chico, CA
  • Congregation Beth Chaim - Danville, CA
  • Congregation B'nai B'rith - Santa Barbara, CA
  • Congregation Etz Chaim - Merced, CA
  • Jewish Federation of Ventura County - Camarillo, CA
  • Peninsula Temple Beth El - San Mateo, CA
  • Judaism Without Walls, Hemet CA
  • Har Hashem, Boulder CO
  • Bonai Shalom, Boulder CO
  • Congregation Har Shalom - Durango, CO
  • Beth El Temple - West Hartford, CT
  • Beth David Synagogue - West Hartford, CT
  • Congregation Beth Israel - West Hartford, CT
  • Congregation Kol Haverim - Glastonbury, CT
  • Emanuel Synagogue - West Hartford, CT
  • Young Israel - West Hartford, CT
  • Mishkan Miami - Hollywood, FL
  • Beth Shira - Boca Raton FL
  • Or Ahava - Lutz FL
  • Bnai Israel Community Day School - Gainesville, FL
  • Temple Israel of Greater Miami, Miami FL
  • Temple Israel of Brevard, Melbourne FL
  • Congregation Beth Shalom Religious School - Clearwater, FL
  • Congregation Schaarei Zedek - Tampa, FL
  • Hillel Academy of Tampa - Tampa, FL
  • Temple Beth El - Hollywood, FL
  • Temple Beth Sholom - Miami Beach, FL
  • Temple Israel - West Palm Beach, FL
  • Congregation Children of Israel - Augusta, GA
  • Temple Judah - Cedar Rapids IA
  • Agudas Achim - Coralville IA
  • Congregation Beth Shalom - Sioux City, IA
  • Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism - Highland Park, IL
  • Congregation Beth Sholom - Naperville, IL
  • Congregation Beth Shalom - Northbrook, IL
  • Temple Anshe Sholom - Olympia Fields, IL
  • West Suburban Temple Har Zion - River Forest, IL
  • Temple Judea Mizpah - Skokie, IL
  • Am Yisrael - Northfield, IL
  • Congregation Beth Judea - Long Grove, IL
  • Congregation Etz Chaim - Lombard, IL
  • Emanuel Congregation - Chicago, IL
  • McHenry County Jewish Congregation - Crystal Lake, IL
  • Northbrook Community Synagogue - Northbrook, IL
  • Shir Hadash - Wheeling, IL
  • Grandparents for Social Action, Deerfield IL
  • Temple Beth El - Northbrook, IL
  • Congregation Etz Chaim - Lombard, IL
  • Temple Chai - Long Grove, IL
  • Beth El Zedek - Indianapolis, IN
  • B'nai Zion - Shreveport LA
  • Community Day School - Metarie, LA
  • Jewish Temple - Alexandria, LA
  • Temple Beth El - Fall River MA
  • Temple Beth David of the South Shore - Canton, MA
  • Rimon Resource Center for Jewish Spirituality - Great Barrington MA
  • Congregation Shirat Hayam - Marshfield MA
  • Beit Ahavah - Florence MA
  • Congregation Beth Israel -North Adams, MA
  • Congregation Bnai Israel - Northampton, MA
  • Congregation Knesset Israel - Pittsfield, MA
  • Etz Chayim - Franklin, MA
  • Sinai Temple - Springfield, MA
  • Temple Israel - Natick, MA
  • Temple Shalom Emeth - Burlington, MA
  • B'nai Shalom - Olney, MD
  • Bnai Israel, Rockville MD
  • Congregation Beth Ahm - W Bloomfield MI
  • Edut Havurah - Huntington Woods, MI
  • Hillel Day School of Metro Detroit - Farmington Hills, MI
  • Temple Beth Emeth - Ann Arbor, MI
  • Temple Emanuel, St Louis MO
  • Beth Shalom - Bozeman MT
  • Beth Meyer - Raleigh, NC
  • Beth El Synagogue - Omaha, NE
  • Temple Torat El of the Shore - Oakhurst NJ
  • Congregation Beth Israel - Scotch Plains NJ
  • Central New Jersey Jewish Community Engagement, Freehold NJ
  • Shomrei Torah - Wayne NJ
  • Beth Shalom -Pompton Lakes NJ
  • Congregation Beth Ahm of W Essex-Verona - Verona NJ
  • Temple Beth Sholom - Cherry Hill NJ
  • Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation B'nai Israel - Fair Lawn NJ
  • Temple Ner Tamid - Bloomfield NJ
  • Chavurah Jersey City - Jersey City, NJ
  • Congregation Agudath Israel - Caldwell, NJ
  • Congregation B'nai Israel - Millburn, NJ
  • Jewish Congregation of Kinnelon - Pompton Lakes, NJ
  • Or HaLev Jewish Renewal Community - Long Valley, NJ
  • Temple Beth El - Jersey City, NJ
  • Temple Emanu-El - Livingston, NJ
  • Temple Emeth - Teaneck, NJ
  • Temple Shalom - Succasunna, NJ
  • HaMakom - Santa Fe NM
  • Congregation Albert - Albuquerque, NM
  • Congregation Pnai Tikvah - Las Vegas NV
  • Ner Tamid - Henderson, NV
  • Temple Sinai - Reno, NV 
  • Kol Ami - Elmira NY
  • Garden City Jewish Center - Garden City, NY
  • Little Neck Jewish Center - Little Neck, NY
  • Kehilat Jeshurun - New York, NY
  • Congregation Bnai Jeshurun, Staten Island NY
  • Temple Beth Shalom - Flushing NY
  • Temple Beth Emeth v'Ohr Progressive Shaari Zedek - Brooklyn NY
  • Temple Adath Yeshurun - Syracuse NY
  • Temple Israel - Albany NY
  • Hebrew Learning Circles, Inc. - Nyack, NY
  • Sutton Place Congregation - New York NY
  • Congregation Habonim, New York NY
  • Temple B'nai Torah - Wantagh, NY
  • Community Reform Temple - Westbury, NY
  • Temple Concord - Binghamton NY
  • Bay Shore Jewish Center - Bay Shore, NY
  • Congregation B'nai Harim - New City, NY
  • Little Neck Jewish Center - Little Neck, NY
  • Temple Beth Jacob - Newburgh, NY
  • Temple Beth Shalom - Mahopac, NY
  • West End Temple - Neponsit, NY
  • Beth Israel - Cleveland, OH
  • Columbus Jewish Day School - New Albany, OH
  • Tifereth Israel - Beachwood, OH
  • Havurah Shir Hadash - Ashland, OR
  • Portland Jewish Academy - Portland, OR
  • Beth David Reform Congregation - Gladwyne, PA
  • Congregation Beth El - Sunbury, PA
  • ack M Barack Hebrew Academy - Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Temple Covenant of Peace - Easton, PA
  • Congregation Beth Sholom - Providence, RI
  • Temple Am David - Warwick, RI
  • Temple Beth El - Providence, RI
  • Temple Emanu El - Providence, RI
  • Temple Sinai - Cranston, RI
  • Temple Torat Y'Israel - East Greenwich, RI
  • Touro Synagogue - Newport, RI
  • Congregation Ahavath Sholom - Ft Worth, TX
  • Congregation Shma Koleinu - Houston, TX
  • Nishmat Am - Plano, TX
  • Temple Beth Torah - Humble, TX
  • Beth El Norfolk - Norfolk, VA
  • Bonay Hodesh - Midlothian, VA
  • Emet 'Or - Yorktown, VA
  • Beth Or - Everett, WA
  • Congregation Kol Ami - Vancouver, WA
  • Herzel - Ner TAmid - Bellevue, WA
  • Temple Bnai Torah - Bellevue, WA
  • Beth Hillel Temple, Kenosha, WI
  • Congregation Shalom - Milwaukee, WI
  • Madison Jewish Community Day School - Madison, WI
  • Bnai Or Montreal Community Shul - Montreal, Canada
  • Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto, Canada
  • Temple Har Zion - Thornhill, Canada
  • Temple Kol Ami - Thornhill, Canada
  • The Honorable Menschen Traveling Study Group - Belleville, Canada
  • The Metivta of Ottowa - Ottowa, Canada



  • Beth Israel  - Cleveland OH
  • The Temple-Tifereth Israel - Beachwood OH
  • Havurah Shir Hadash - Ashland, OR
  • Beth David Reform Congregation - Gladwyne PA
  • Congregation B'nai Harim - Pocono Pines PA
  • Touro Synagogue - Newport, RI
  • Congregation Ahavath Sholom - Fort Worth, TX
  • Congregation Shma Koleinu - Houston, TX
  • Temple Beth Torah - Humble, TX
  • Nishmat Am - Plano TX
  • Beth El Norfolk - Norfolk, VA
  • Congregation Kol Ami - Vancouver, WA
  • Beth Hillel Temple - Kenosha, WI
  • The Honorable Menschen Traveling Study Group- Belleville, Ontario, Canada
  • B'nai Or Montreal Community Shul - Montreal, Canada
  • The Metivta of Ottawa - Ottawa Ontario, Canada
  • Temple Kol Ami - Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
  • Temple Har Zion - Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
  • Holy Blossom Temple - Toronto Ontario Canada
  • Congregacion B'nai Israel - San Jose, Costa Rica
and 14 sites in Israel!
National Affiliations: Jewish Federations of NY, Limmud NA, RAVSAK, Moishe Houses, Jewish National Fund, JVillage, Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, Jewish Federation of Western MA, and growing! 


Interested in Learning More About Bringing Chai Mitzvah to Your Community? 

Contact Anita Silvert, Director of Community Outreach, at [email protected]


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. 


Upcoming Events

"Introduction to Chai Mitzvah" Webinars!

The response to these has been very good, so we're offering more. Each month we'll offer a way for you to get to know about Chai Mitzvah, and see how easy it is to bring Chai Mitzvah to your community... and what an impact it will have! All webinars are at 1:00 PM CENTRAL TIME.  

Intro to Chai Mitzvah:

Tuesday, Aug 11

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Thursday, Aug 13 
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Wed, Aug 19 
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Starting a Chai Mitzvah group

Have you already registered with us?  Wondering what the next step is?  Join these conversations and get some ideas on how to get your group identified, built, and on the way to a successful launch.

Wed Aug 26
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Tuesday, Sept 1
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Thursday, Oct 1
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About Chai Mitzvah

Chai Mitzvah is an adult Jewish engagement initiative, asking the question, "What do you want your adult Jewish life to look like?" and guides participants in answering that question through study, spirituality and social action. 

Over 1500 people have asked that question, and Chai Mitzvah has been the vehicle for exploring the answers.

There are five steps to becoming a Chai Mitzvah, which include: 

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 

Whenever a group of adults can come together, a Chai Mitzvah group can be formed! 

Read here for more ideas.  And here for even more ideas.


Why Chai Mitzvah?  Top Ten Reasons:

1. Appropriate for all “streams of Judaism” 

2. Inexpensive and easy to implement

3. Be a part of a global phenomenon, joining Chai Mitzvah groups all over the world.

4. Encourages greater community involvement

5. Creates strong friendships among its participants 

6. Provides a framework for participants to engage wtih the community.

7. Makes a lasting relationship between individuals and their Jewish community 

8. Redefines adult Jewish learning beyond the classroom.

9. A warm environment that strives to meet each participant’s individualized goals 

10. Easy to get started and fun to do!



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


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