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About the Chai Mitzvah Program

Chai Mitzvah is a program to enhance Jewish engagement.  It is a simple model. Like a book group, Chai Mitzvah network groups meet monthly with beautifully designed text based source books on Jewish topics of interest. Each person in the group builds their ‘Jewish Bucket List' by making a commitment to engage in a social action project, identify something to learn, and adopt or deepen a ritual or spiritual practice.  At the end of the program, each person celebrates the Chai Mitzvah journey with a certificate of completion, and has a tree planted in Israel in their honor. Groups find a fun way to celebrate their Chai Mitzvah commitments and accomplishments.

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Monthly Group Study

Each month, Chai Mitzvah groups, no matter where they are in the world, study the same topic using a specially designed curriculum. The source books are clearly laid out and accessible to those of all backgrounds and styles of practice, offering texts in Hebrew and English, from contemporary and traditional sources.

Learn more about our curriculum.

"Jewish Bucket List"


Our tradition tells us that a full Jewish life involves our head, heart, and hands.  So, the unique part of the Chai Mitzvah program is that participants are encouraged to build their "Jewish Bucket List". It is important for participants to identify what is personally meaningful to them by incorporating:





  • Study - something you’ve always wanted to know something more about – culture history, language, literature, anything!
  • Spirituality - A new or deepened spiritual practice or ritual - add to your life spiritually – maybe it’s prayer, or meditation, or a ritual
  • Social Action - pick some way of giving back to the world; find a social action/social justice project to which you’ll devote some time - big or small - it just has to be meaningful to the individual committing to it.

Download our Celebration Guide - a .pdf brochure that was used at the end-of year ceremony of a Chai Mitzvah Group in Michigan. It shows the choices participants made and it may make it easier to see how the "Jewish Bucket List" works. 

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