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Chai Mitzvah by the Numbers!

Ever wonder how many, what kind of, who are, how old?  Here are a few statistics to ponder:

  • Current crop of participants are projected at 600, adding to the 1000 already impacted by Chai Mitzvah in years past.
  • Our youngest participant is a college student;  our oldest is "Sophie", who just turned 100!
  • 44% of our participants are between 56-70.  20% are between 46-55;  16% are between 36-45; 14% are over 70, and 10% are between 26-35
  • 75% of last year's participants said "my personal Jewish life has been affected for the better."
  • 88% said their overall experience was good or excellent, and the same number said they'd recommend Chai Mitzvah to friends and family!
  • Denominations?  Well, 23% are identified as  Community/Renewal/Other.  42% are identified Reform, 28% Conservative and we have a couple of Orthodox communities.
  • Consistently - over 75% of last year's participants said they were likely/highly likely to continue their learning, spiritual practices and social action choices.  

That's a LOT of Jewish lives that have been changed by Chai Mitzvah!

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

is taking a bold step in collaborating with other groups, agencies, organizations, institutions to make your Chai Mitzvah experience as meaningful as possible.  Perhaps you are wondering what to choose for your independent projects in learning, spirituality, or social action?  Take a look at these links to broaden your options and see what interests you.  Watch this space for more info!

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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