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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:

  • NE Miles Jewish Day School - Birmingham, AL
  • Congregation Beth Israel - Chico, CA
  • Congregation Beth Chaim - Danville, CA
  • Peninsula Temple Beth El - San Mateo, CA
  • Congregation B'nai B'rith - Santa Barbara, CA
  • Congregation Kol Haverim - Glastonbury, CT
  • Beth David Synagogue - West Hartford, CT
  • Beth El Templ - West Hartford, CT
  • Congregation Beth Israel - West Hartford, CT
  • Young Israel - West Hartford, CT
  • Congregation Beth Shalom Religious School - Clearwater, FL
  • Bnai Israel Community Day School - Gainesville, FL
  • Hillel Academy of Tampa - Tampa, FL
  • Mishkan Miami - Hollywood, FL
  • Temple Beth El - Hollywood, FL
  • Temple Beth Sholom - Miami Beach, FL
  • Temple Israel West Palm Beach - West Palm Beach, FL
  • Congregation Children of Israel - Augusta, GA
  • Congregation Beth Shalom - Sioux City, IA
  • Emanuel Congregation - Chicago, IL
  • McHenry County Jewish Congregation - Crystal Lake, IL
  • Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism - Highland Park, IL
  • Congregation Beth Judea - Long Grove, IL
  • Temple Beth Sholom - Naperville, IL
  • Congregation Beth Shalom - Northbrook, IL
  • Am Yisrael - Northfield, IL
  • Temple Chai - Long Grove, IL
  • Northbrook Community Synagogue - Northbrook, IL
  • Shir Hadash - Northbrook, IL
  • Temple Anshe Sholom - Olympia Fields, IL
  • West Suburban Temple Har Zion - River Forest, IL
  • Temple Judea Mizpah - Skokie, IL
  • Congregation Beth-El Zedeck - Indianapolis, IN
  • Community Day School - Metairie, LA
  • Boston Area Jewish Education Project - Brookline, MA
  • Temple Shalom Emeth - Burlington, MA
  • Temple Beth David of the South Shore - Canton, MA
  • Temple Beth El - Fall River, MA
  • Eitz Chaim - Franklin, MA
  • Boston JCC - Newton, MA
  • Congregation Beth Israel - North Adams, MA
  • Congregation B'nai Israel - Northampton, MA
  • Congregation Knesset Israel - Pittsfield, MA
  • Sinai Temple - Springfield, MA
  • B'nai Shalom - Olney, MD
  • Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit - Farmington Hills, MI
  • Edut Havurah - Huntington Woods, MI
  • Beth El Synagogue - Omaha, NE
  • Beth Meyer Synagogue - Raleigh, NC
  • Adath Shalom - Morris Plains, NJ
  • Congregation Agudath Israel - Caldwell, NJ
  • Congregation B'nai Israel - Millburn, NJ
  • Or HaLev Jewish Renewal Community - Long Valley, NJ
  • Congregation Beth Israel - Scotch Plains, NJ
  • Temple Shalom - Succasunna, NJ
  • Shomrei Torah - Wayne, NJ
  • Congregation Albert - Albuquerque, NM
  • Ner Tamid - Henderson, NV
  • Temple Sinai - Reno, NV 
  • Congregation Kol Ami - Elmira, NY
  • Garden City Jewish Center - Garden City, NY
  • Little Neck Jewish Center - Little Neck, NY
  • Temple Beth Shalom - Mahopac, NY
  • Kehilat Jeshurun - New York, NY
  • Temple Beth Jacob - Newburgh, NY
  • West End Temple - Neponsit, NY
  • Hebrew Learning Circles, Inc. - Nyack, NY
  • Pelham Jewish Center - Pelham, NY
  • Temple B'nai Torah - Wantagh, NY
  • Temple B'nai Torah - Westbury, NY
  • Community Reform Temple - Westbury, NY
  • Columbus Jewish Day School - New Albany, OH
  • Havurah Shir Hadash - Ashland, OR
  • Portland Jewish Academy - Portland, OR
  • Jack M Barack Hebrew Academy - Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Congregation Beth El - Sunbury, PA
  • Temple Sinai - Cranston, RI
  • Temple Torat Y'Israel - East Greenwich, RI
  • Touro Synagogue - Newport, RI
  • Congregation Beth Sholom - Providence, RI
  • Temple Beth El - Providence, RI
  • Temple Emanu El - Providence, RI
  • The Alliance of Greater Rhode Island - Providence, RI
  • Temple Am David - Warwick, RI
  • Congregation Ahavath Sholom - Fort Worth, TX
  • Congregation Shma Koleinu - Houston, TX
  • Temple Beth Torah - Humble, TX
  • Bonay Hodesh - Midlothian, VA
  • Beth El Norfolk - Norfolk, VA
  • Congregation Emet V'Or - Yorktown, VA
  • Temple Bnai Torah - Bellevue, WA
  • Beth Or - Everett, WA
  • Congregation Kol Ami - Vancouver, WA
  • Beth Hillel Temple - Kenosha, WI
  • Congregation Iyr HaMelech - Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • Madison Jewish Community Day School - Madison, WI
  • B'nai Or Montreal Community Shul - Montreal, Canada
  • Temple Kol Ami - Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
  • Temple Har Zion - Thornhill, 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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