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In the first of a series of research reports, the Community Foundation for Jewish Education of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago looks at the rising trend in families forgoing congregational education and/or membership while preparing and conducting their own bar/bat mitzvah ceremonies for their children. “CFJE Reports: A Closer Look at Independent B’nai Mitzvah in the Chicagoland Area” authored by Abigail Pickus, provides a snapshot of this trend, offering a glimpse inside the motivations of families who undertake this process, the tutors and clergy who assist them, and the synagogue professionals who struggle with the loss of these families to the congregational community.
Updated: Dec. 09, 2015
My Mitzvah Project provides an opportunity for b’nai mitzvah to engage in meaningful and authentic service experiences. Running a campaign on our platform offers a way youth can deepen their understanding of issues they care about, gain valuable experience in planning and preparation, learn how to take purposeful action, and increase self-awareness and confidence by reflecting on and celebrating their efforts. Service-learning best practices are infused into every aspect of creating and executing a campaign on My Mitzvah Project platform, ensuring that youth who participate become valued contributors for our collective well-being, now and in the future.
Updated: Jul. 30, 2015
Announcing Whole Community Inclusion’s B’nai Mitzvah Training: Making Accommodations and Modifications
Whole Community Inclusion is offering a two-day training that will provide information about understanding different types of learning challenges and resources to create accommodations and modifications for children of all abilities as they reach this Bar/Bat Mitzva. Experienced educators will share real life examples of successful adaptations for trope, prayer learning and working on Divrei Torah. Participants will also have an opportunity to problem-solve one-on-one with instructors about specific students, both during and after the training. The training will take place August 3rd and 4th, 2015, 9am–4pm at Jewish Learning Venture, Melrose Park, PA.
Updated: Jun. 25, 2015
A unique Jewish coming of age program for 11-12 year old girls, Twelve, has been launched this year in Melbourne, Australia, in response to a growing desire of many parents to show their tweens firsthand what poverty and disadvantage looks like in Australia. Over 50 families, or 100 participants, have signed up for the yearlong program to roll their sleeves up and get to work with their daughters to help people in need.
Updated: May. 27, 2015
There has been a lot of discussion recently in the rabbinic community about bar/bat mitzvah preparation. Some are claiming that bar/bat mitzvah preparation needs to be changed from emphasizing the mastery of the Haftorah (a section from the Prophets) to simply being able to lead some prayers. It is being claimed that these new curricula, although less rigorous and less authentic to the bar/bat mitzvah ceremony, will enable students to put to practice that which they may use on a weekly basis rather than that which occurs once each year, when their particular Haftorah is scheduled to be chanted in the synagogue.
Updated: May. 27, 2015
Shalom Learning Expands Curriculum to Include Bar/Bat Mitzvah Training Programs and One-on-One Tutoring
Believing every Jewish family, however isolated, over-scheduled, unaffiliated or disengaged, deserves to engage their children in fun and accessible Jewish education, ShalomLearning, Inc., today announced an expansion of its curriculum to now include bar/bat mitzvah preparation for 7th and 8th grade students as well as one-on-one online tutoring for Jewish learners of all ages and abilities. Beginning this fall, ShalomLearning, a non-profit, will offer tutoring in Hebrew reading and conversational Hebrew, as well as a track of courses designed specifically for b’nei mitzvah preparation.
Updated: May. 27, 2015
The B’nai Mitzvah Revolution Active Learning Network brings together North American URJ congregations that are working on or interested in revolutionizing b’nai mitzvah. This network of congregations learns from experts, research, and each other in order to move to action in revolutionizing b’nai mitzvah. Meet virtually with an expert facilitator in a topic area of your choice, learn with and from colleagues, actively engage with the B’nai Mitzvah Revolution and its resources. Join today!
Updated: Jun. 29, 2014
Temple Emanuel in Pascack Valley, NJ is working with Jerusalem Edtech Solutions (JETS Israel) on a unique project of online education. Among the goals of the program, JETS and Temple Emanuel educational staff want to encourage a higher degree of parental involvement in their children's Hebrew school experience and an increased understanding of what their children are learning. The project, entitled The Holocaust: Remembering and Rebuilding, provides an overview of the Holocaust and the Rebirth of the State of Israel for the Temple's Bar and Bat Mitzva class. Students meet online over the course of three months to gain a deeper understanding of the Shoah and the establishment of the State of Israel, and how they impacted -- and continue to impact -- the Jewish World.
Updated: Mar. 05, 2014
In 2009, Ma'yan's second cohort of Research Training Interns decided to find out how Bat Mitzvah is experienced and understood by girls today. The Research Training Internship (RTI) is grounded in the principles of Participatory Action Research, which means that we conduct research as a collaborative, intergenerational team -- researching with Jewish teen girls instead of on them. Using an online survey and a novel research method (asking participants to write endings to fictional Bat Mitzvah-related scenarios), we gathered data from pre- and post-Bat Mitzvah girls in the Tri-State area.
Updated: Jan. 08, 2014
The Bat Mitzvah Dress Code Filmmaking Intensive is a new educational initiative of Ma’yan. The girls in the program will conduct film interviews with their families and other people in their communities about the history, custom, and expectations surrounding Bat Mitzvah attire, asking questions about what was worn at Bat Mitzvahs, and how it was decided. Three intensive workshops will offer the participants opportunities to practice new skills, ask questions, and learn collaboratively. The footage will be edited together by the participants into a short (3-5 minute) film.
Updated: Jan. 10, 2012