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Community News

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's Next Frontier: South America!

We are working with the Seminario Rabbinico Latinamericano to bring Chai Mitzvah to South America.  

Chai Mitzvah is already global thanks to 12 groups up and running Israel, coordinated by Yosefa Drescher. 
We also have quite a large group from Canada interested in getting groups started north of the Border.


Chai Mitzvah Is Growing! 

Cities where we are located:

  • Congregation Ahavas Chesed - Mobile AL
  • Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley - Sedona AZ
  • Congregation Beth Israel - Chico, CA
  • Congregation Beth Chaim - Danville, CA
  • Beth El Temple - West Hartford, CT
  • Mishkan Miami - Hollywood, FL
  • Beth Shira - Boca Raton FL
  • Or Ahava - Lutz FL
  • Temple Judah - Cedar Rapids IA
  • Agudas Achim - Coralville IA
  • Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism - Highland Park, IL
  • Temple 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
  • B'nai Zion - Shreveport 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
  • B'nai Shalom - Olney, MD
  • Congregation Beth Ahm - W Bloomfield MI
  • Edut Havurah - Huntington Woods, MI
  • Beth Shalom - Bozeman MT
  • Beth El Synagogue - Omaha, NE
  • Temple Torat El of the Shore - Oakhurst NJ
  • Congregation Beth Israel - Scotch Plains 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
  • HaMakom - Santa Fe NM
  • Congregation Pnai Tikvah - Las Vegas 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
  • 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
  • Temple B'nai Torah - Wantagh, NY
  • Community Reform Temple - Westbury, NY
  • Temple Concord - Binghamton NY
  • Beth Israel  - Cleveland OH
  • 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 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.


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. 


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!

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