The first four weeks of the seventh grade year is called B’nai Mitzvah University (BMU), during which time students and their parents learn about the history of and meaning behind b’nai mitzvah. The program is designed to build community by being fun and engaging, including events that the families participate in while wearing college alumni gear. Following BMU, seventh graders continue with programs such as Mitzvah Corps, in which they learn about and then engage in social action activities, and the Seventh Grade Fund, which teaches students about philanthropy by pooling financial contributions, researching causes, and deciding as a group how to distribute the funds.
Grade levels: 7
Learners: Children (pre-B’nai Mitzvah), Parents
Everyone in the target audience is required to participate in the program.
Year Implemented: 2007
B’nai Mitzvah each year: 55