EXPLANATION OF COJO – the Certificate of Jewish Observance –
FOR ADULTS AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Would you like a fun challenge and a chance to earn rewards? Well, welcome to the COJO program, your vehicle to earning a Certificate of Jewish Observance and other rewards! If you want to participate, here’s all you do.
First, you need to purchase either the adult or the high school textbooks. Next, read the volume and part you want to take the test on. It is highly recommended that you read the entire part as you probably won’t be able to answer all the questions correctly without reading the text first.
Some questions test your vocabulary. For example, your test may ask you questions about the vocabulary words for the laws and customs of a Jewish holiday. However, you would still need to read the text to find out the details of what you should do to observe it properly.
After reading, feel free to request a test code from me. You enter this code and you will be directed to the tests. The tests are divided into volumes (1 and 2), parts, and the page numbers of the text where you can find the answers. The list is below. Some parts have only a few questions, others have many. You will have 30 minutes to complete each part. Complete as many parts as you wish. Feel free to use your book, the table of contents, the indexes or any other resource to find your answers but make sure you read each question carefully.
Then send your completed test(s) to me. I will grade it and return it to you. After you successfully complete all the parts, you will be sent the beautiful, suitable-for-framing Certificate of Jewish Observance. In addition, you will receive a copy of “Say it in Hebrew.” If you travel to Israel and your knowledge of Hebrew is limited, this booklet is for you! It contains the Hebrew and transliteration of phrases that will enable you to navigate your way around the country.
Thank you for participating! Good luck and enjoy your tests!
Here are the tests for adults and high school students as well as their divisions. The “Volume” column refers to the textbook volume. “Chapters” refers to the chapters where you can locate the answers to the exercises. “Content” refers to the subjects covered in the chapters. High school tests are on the next page.
COJO tests — adults
TEST # VOLUME PART CHAPTERS CONTENT
001 1 1 Intro – 5 Our Torah and the Books that come after it; The Creation of
the world; A brief history of the Jewish people; Studying the
Torah and performing mitzvoth; Believing in ‘ה (G-d)
002 1 2 6-12 Procedure upon arising; Free choice; The Land of Israel; All
kinds of Jews; Jews & gentiles; Jewish courts; Jewish students
003 1 3 13-16 The calendars; Honoring parents and others; Jewish human
004 1 4 16-17 Jewish human relations (cont); keeping kosher
005 1 5 18-21 Blessings and their origins
006 2 1 22-29 Synagogue objects; Tzitzit (fringes); Tefilin (phylacteries);
Mezuza; The prayers
007 2 2 30 Shabat (the Jewish Sabbath)
008 2 3 31 Jewish holidays and fast days
009 2 4 31 Jewish holidays and fast days (cont)
010 2 5 31-37 Jewish holidays and fast days (cont); Jewish life-cycle events;
Death and Mourning; Laws for which no reason is given;
The Messiah; Where you should live
(High school tests are on the next page…)
COJO tests – high school
TEST # VOLUME PART CHAPTERS CONTENT
011 1 1 Intro – 4 Our Torah; Creation of the world; A brief history of the Jewish
people; Studying the Torah
012 1 2 4 (con)-10 Believing in G-d; Free choice; The Land of Israel; All kinds of
Jews; Jews and gentiles
013 1 3 11-16 Judges, policemen & punishments; Jewish students & schools;
The calendars; Honoring parents & others; Jewish human
014 1 4 16 –21 Jewish human relations (cont); keeping kosher; Blessings
015 2 1 22-30 Synagogue objects; tzitzit (fringes); tefilin (phylacteries);
mezuza; prayers; Shabat (the Jewish Sabbath)
016 2 2 31 Jewish holidays and fast days
017 2 3 32 Jewish life-cycle events for girls and boys
018 2 4 33-36 The Jewish wedding; Death & mourning; The messiah;
Where you should live