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MISSION: We are glad that you have chosen Beit Chai as your Online Jewish family. We want to celebrate the happy times in your life, and support you and your loved ones through the difficult times as well.

Beit Chai provides spiritual, cultural, social and educational programming for members, as well as the greater Jewish young adult community around the world. 


When you become a Beit Chai member, your monthly donation is ongoing until you say otherwise. Your credit or debit card will automatically be billed each month. You’ll save time, money, and resources!


  • Your donation is charged to your credit or debit card on the same day each month that you initially set up your gift.
  • You will receive a tax letter every January.
  • You have discount at the American Jewish College (Adult Education)
  • You have discount at the World Jewish Confederation Holidays celebrations/events.


Yes. Your gift to WJC is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

In Judaism, what does "Chai" mean?

The word "chai' translated from Hebrew to English means "life." Within the Jewish faith, the word "chai" possesses both numerical and symbolic meaning. The Hebrew word consists of two (2) letters in the alphabet: Chet (ח) and Yud (י). Together these letters form "chai" which signifies life and represents being alive. 

The Numerical Significance of Chai

In Judaism, the word "chai" is numerically significant and the number 18 is universally synonymous with this word. Numerically, the words consists of the eighth (8th) and tenth (10th) letters of the Hebrew alphabet Chet (ח) and Yud (י), adding up to eighteen the number 18, which is also the word "Chai". According to Jewish traditions and scriptures there are prayers, including the Amidah, commonly referred to as “Shmoneh Esreh” (which translates to “the 18”) and refers to the eighteen individual prayers. There is a deep connection drawn upon the word 'chai', its meaning 'life' and the numerical value of the letters that comprise this word. 

The Symbolic Meaning of Chai

Traditionally, the Jewish religion, similar to many other religions and cultures, place an emphasis on the significance of life. As such, the literal translation of the word "chai' to 'life is meaningful on its face. In addition, individuals who observe Judaism or identify with the religion are generally guided by basic principles which include characteristics such as kindness, thoughtfulness, selflessness and remaining good natured, both morally and ethically during life on Earth. In addition to the number 18 or numerical significance, the "Chai" is a recognizable symbol commonly worn on necklaces and engraved on rings. 

Gifts of "Chai" ("$18")

In Judaism, it is common to give and receive gifts in multiples of $18 or "Chai", which in part signifies a good omen for life. In fact, the longstanding Jewish tradition of gifting, contributing or donating in increments of $18 to individuals is often considered a good deed and mitzvah.

Note about currency: Please enter all donations on this English site in U.S. dollars. For your convenience, here is a link to a site that provides up-to-the minute currency-conversion rates.

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