Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program
Our Bar/Bat Mitzvah program offers a creative series of weekly workshops and runs for two cycles during the year, run by our Community Outreach director.
The program is widely sought out by non-affiliated Jerusalemites looking for a pluralistic way to connect to our heritage, but at the same time seeks to strengthen the cultural and ethnic background of each participant.
Details of the program:
The program started since the early days of the community in the 1980s. It consists of 7 weekly workshops and runs for 2 cycles during the year.
Each cycle includes 7-10 boys and girls at the age of Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Part of them are members of the community and part coming from the neighborhood.
Each workshop lasts for 90 mins.
In addition to the workshops, the children also participate in Shabbat Morning prayers, an outing to the Israel Museum, social and volunteering initiatives and a personal Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony.
This Bar/Bat Mitzvah enrichment program covers several topics, such as:
What is adolescence?
The teenager’s experience at home, at school, at the community, from the social perspective. This topic is conveyed informally by games, activities, discussion groups and other creative ways.
What is Judaism for me?
Various aspects of Jewish ceremonies and traditions and their personal meaning for each participant.
For example, Jewish food is explored through cooking; an outing to the Israel museum is intended to explore the creative side of personal Judaism through art, viewing the museum is a place of creation which enables the children to imagine themselves creating their own Judaism. Judaism at home vs. my own.
Jewish things and objects: what are the objects in the child’s life which bear a Jewish significance? How does it affect his/her life? How does he/she personally connect to these objects?
Judaism and Social values: General aspects of Reform Judaism. Social and ethical behavior, Tikkun Olam, Jewish values.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ceremony – What is it? What does it convey? Is it a continuation, a beginning or a farewell to something significant in the child’s life? This topic also includes a public speaking tutoring by a community member.
To enroll, please contact Rodrigo firstname.lastname@example.org
With the support of Women’s Alliance Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation Foundation of Greater Rhode Island