Dear Congregation Beth Israel members and friends,
I’m writing in hopes that you will join me this year for an exciting new educational program called Chai Mitzvah. Chai Mitzvah was created in 2008 as a way to engage adults in a Jewish journey throughout their lives.
The program features three elements: exploring a new (or new-to-you) Jewish ritual each month, doing some social action each month, and attending one Chai Mitzvah class at CBI each month. The Chai Mitzvah curriculum features lessons on subjects ranging from “Creating a New American Jewish Minhag/Custom” to “Tzedakah/Philanthropy” to “The Individual and the Community: What Are Our Responsibilities to Each Other?” It’s a terrific curriculum, assembled by a transdenominational group of educators; you can get a glimpse of it on the Chai Mitzvah website.
Chai Mitzvah classes will meet at CBI once a month, on Saturdays, after Shabbat morning services. (Either we’ll make it a brown-bag lunch affair, or we’ll order in each time.) The class dates are 10/5, 11/2, 12/7 (2013); 1/4, 2/1, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3, 6/7 (2014). Classes are slated to run from 12:30-2pm, though we might shift that to be 12pm-1:30pm.
For those who do not write on Shabbat, never fear — there will be no need to write things down. These classes count as Torah study, which is a wholly Shabbat-appropriate activity! For those whose Shabbat practice does include writing, you are welcome to bring your preferred note-taking materials if you like. We will all respect each others’ practices and choices.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Rabbi Rachel at 413-663-5830 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuition for the year is $18, which includes all curricular materials. If that’s not comfortable for you, please let the rabbi know privately. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
The first class meets on October 5, which is about ten days from now. Class size is limited — please sign up now!
Moadim l’simcha, wishing you a joyous festival of Sukkot,