B’nai Mitzvah preparation – 6th and 7th grades
Our B’nai Mitzvah leadership class meets on both Saturday mornings (9:45 AM to noon, in-person or virtual) and Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:15 PM, always on Zoom.
As our students prepare for becoming B’nai Mitzvah, they work on leadership roles. The students lead our weekly prayer service and work to understand both the ancient and the modern meanings of the prayers in our siddur. The Judaica component focuses on life-cycle events, Jewish genealogy and Holocaust studies. All of our students participate in our “twinning program” where they work with our resident docent of the Holocaust Museum, Gary Levin, to tell the story of a child who never was able to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. In addition to the students working together, they meet with Arava for private tutorials to learn their Torah portions and to work on their B’nai Mitzvah writings.