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B'nai Mitzvah Program Overview

Temple Judea joyfully prepares our youngest members to cherish being part of a Jewish community.

As B’nai Mitzvah, our students demonstrate that they are prepared to meaningfully participate in different dimensions of Jewish communal life at Temple Judea and beyond.

IDENTITY & COMMUNAL CONNECTION
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of being part of a Jewish community.

  • Articulate why their family values being part of a Jewish community.

  • Learn about the many dimensions of Jewish life cycle events.

  • Appreciate American Jewish history and the special role of Reform Judaism in American Judaism.

PRAYER & SPIRITUALITY
  • Appreciate the unique role of Hebrew in Jewish life and be able to decode [sound out] Hebrew words.

  • Demonstrate the ability to sing and chant core Jewish prayers.

  • Learn to reflect on the themes of core prayers and how those themes relate to modern life.

  • Articulate Jewish teachings about God and the meaning of life and reflect on how those ideas relate to the student’s personal beliefs.

TEXTUAL TRADITION
  • Learn to read and chant sections of the Torah.

  • Explore specific sections of Torah and commentaries related to them.

  • Articulate how specific Jewish texts relate to modern issues and questions.

PERSONAL JEWISH PATHWAY

As our students prepare to become Bar or Bat Mitzvah, they are asked to identify a Jewish pathway that is of particular personal interest and design and complete ONE of the following projects:

  • Mitzvah Service Project - B’nai Mitzvah student initiates or participates in one or more activities that will meaningfully help someone in need.
  • Tikkun Olam Social Justice Project - B’nai Mitzvah student designs or participates in one or more activities that will meaningfully address an issue close to his/her heart.
  • Tzedakah Fundraising Project - B’nai Mitzvah student raises money for a purpose close to his/her heart.
  • Talmud Torah Study & Teach Project - B’nai Mitzvah student chooses a subject related to his/her Jewishness to study and teach.

B’nai Mitzvah students share the nature of their projects, the projects' rationale, and the project outcomes at their B'nai Mitzvah.

Thu, August 5 2021 27 Av 5781