B’nai Mitzvah Family Journey is a year-long pilot program for Russian speaking parents and their Bar/Bat Mitzvah aged children customized for the needs of the Russian-speaking Jewish families. This year-long program offers its participants an immersive, multifaceted experience so children and parents can learn together about the history, significance, traditions, and rituals of becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah as well as main Jewish topics through a culturally sensitive lens and in the comfort of a like-minded community. Families will gather throughout the year for educational sessions, where parents and children learn about the history and traditions that have been passed down through generations.
Participants will host Shabbat Dinners for peer families, learning the rituals and traditions and customizing the experience with their own personal touches. Each family will choose a personally meaningful Mitzvah Project, practicing the value of Tikkun Olam – acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world and deepening their engagement with the community and each other.
Individual sessions for teens will help them prepare for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony and explore their own journeys among peers.
At the end of the program, teens and their families will enjoy a concluding ceremony at Museum at Eldridge Street.
Additionally, B’nai Mitzvah families will go on a Trip to Israel and have a B’nai Mitzvah ceremony. This five day trip aims to deepen participants’ connection to the Land, People, and State of Israel and explore the beauty and diversity of Jewish country.
The B’nai Mitzvah Family Journey classes will be held once a month on Sundays at The Brownstone located at 224 E12th Street, New York, NY.
Get more information and register here.