We have worked with hundreds of congregations of all denominations and those that are unaffiliated throughout North America. We have run Chai Mitzvah groups through Federations, Jewish Community Centers and other Jewish cultural centers. In additional Chai Mitzvah has been used within Havurot and to infuse Judaism within friendship groups as well.
Many Jewish adults find other portals besides congregational affiliation that lead to growing their Judaism. Chai Mitzvah has been exploring ways of working together with some of these remarkable organizations, matching our mission to theirs: to engage Jews, guiding them to finding meaning in their Jewish lives.
Some of them include:
Interfaith Family’s goal is to “empower people in interfaith relationships ...to engage in Jewish life and make Jewish choices”. Wherever you are in your Jewish journey, Chai Mitzvah provides a framework for people to determine what their meaningful Jewish life looks like. We have had a pilot group this year in Chicago, and look forward to more around the country. (www.interfaithfamily.com)
The vision of JCCs is “to create a vibrant and welcoming Jewish environment that encourages people to lead engaged lives of meaning and purpose” , which matches the Chai Mitzvah vision perfectly. The program year 2016-2017 already has four JCCs registered to run Chai MItzvah groups this fall, and we are expecting a dozen more. (www.jcca.org)
In 2015 we began a partnership with the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), pulsing Chai Mitzvah through the entire Reform Sisterhood network. The handful of pilot groups that began in 2015 were very successful, and every day we’re getting new groups registered to start in Fall, 2016. WRJ’s mission is to “cultivate personal and spiritual growth, and advocate for and promote progressive Jewish values…”, strengthening Jewish identity of women throughout their national organization. We’ve developed special WRJ supplemental materials, and presented at their local, regional and national gatherings. (www.wrj.org)
Through our collaborative partnership with Jewish National Fund, every Chai Mitzvah graduate will receive a tree certificate upon completion of the program.