The Jewish Concept of “Chai,” by Rhona Kirsner

For many years, Rhona Kirsner has played an active role in the B’Nai Torah Congregation of Boca Raton, Florida. She has been a Golden Chai member of the congregation, a status named after the Jewish concept of “Chai.”

In Hebrew, “Chai” translates to “life.” Some claim that it refers to the Living God, though many others claim it simply emphasizes the importance of life in the Jewish culture. The Chai symbol can frequently be found on jewelry items and, when worn, serves as testament to a person’s Jewish identity. These charms have, as a result, become popular gifts to babies and young children.

The word Chai is made up of two Hebrew letters, Chet and Yud. Chet also signifies the number eight and Yud means 10; therefore, Chai also translates to the number 18. For this reason, many Jews make charitable donations in multiples of 18 in deference to the concept of life.

Rhona Kirsner Describes the B’nai Torah Congregation of Boca Raton

Rhona Kirsner Describes the B’nai Torah Congregation of Boca Raton

Located in Florida, the B’nai Torah Congregation of Boca Raton offers numerous ways to learn about and celebrate Judaism. It conducts Shabbat services every Friday evening and Saturday morning, as well as a generational and family-friendly Havurat Shabbat Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. B’nai Torah’s Hebrew School conducts programs for Kindergarteners and children up through 5th grade. Adults can enhance their knowledge with education programs ranging from an introduction to Judaism and Jewish-American history to classes in Hebrew and an in-depth lecture series on Israel and its meaning to Jewish identity.

B’nai Torah’s programs include a concert series, its over-50 Hazak Chapter, and celebrations and observances of all Jewish holidays. For information on the B’nai Mitzvah program, Board of Trustees, Men’s Club, and Women’s League, and to donate to the nonprofit and tax-deductible B’nai Torah Foundation, go to http://www.bnai-torah.org. The B’nai Torah Foundation supports the B’nai Torah Congregation of Boca Raton to enhance its endowments, fund scholarship opportunities, and support the B’Nai Torah community.

Rhona Kirsner is a real estate agent with Lang Realty and belongs to the B’nai Torah Congregation of Boca Raton. Ms. Kirsner has served on the High Holy Day Committee and Congregation College Outreach Committee, and she is a Golden Chai within the Congregation.