Chai Mitzvah Grandparents and Beyond Curriculum

Surely the aspiration to pass on the love of Judaism that Jewish grandparents and others desire for the next generation is there, but while this study showed that Jewish grandparents are very involved with their grandchildren, little of this involvement is specifically Jewish. So Chai Mitzvah has created the Grandparents and Beyond curriculum, in cooperation with Grandparents Unleashed.

It contains Chai Mitzvah’s signature text-based conversations, as well as fun activities for engaging all ages. The materials are designed not just for grandparents, but for any older adults and younger friends – for example, grand nieces and nephews or family friends. 

Activities are designed to be Zoom-friendly, as even when Covid is over, many grandparents are geographically separated from their grandchildren.

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Round 6…Grandparents, Write Your Stories!

The next round started April 24, 2022 and runs for six weeks. There’s still time to sign up!


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The Grandparent-Grandchild Connection is delighted to work with JCC Chicago for the Grandparents Write You Story series, co-presented with JCC Chicago. We had over 200 grandparents from 22 states and Canada participate in the last series that began in September on Grandparents Day.

YMCA to Join Write Your Stories

The YMCA of Chicago is the newest partner to join JCC Chicago and us on the next round. We continue with prompts to elicit special memories and conjure the sights, sounds, and smells of your earlier days. This time we also go a little deeper, mixing in prompts to look at the causes that drove you to action and ideas about which you are passionate.

Grandparents Write Your Stories was created by Jerry Witkovsky of Grandparents Unleashed, formerly known as the Grandparent-Grandchild Connection and presented to grandparents around the globe in partnership with JCC Chicago. All prompts are copyright of Jerry Witkovsky and Deanna Shoss and may be shared with attribution.

Learn more and see past writing samples here.

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