In the Tzofim program, post-b’nai mitzvah teens become tutors and guide younger students through the process of becoming b’nai mitzvah. They experience tangible ways to make an impact on the lives of others, while pre-b’nai mitzvah students find mentors and role models with whom they can share concerns, ask questions, and gain guidance about the b’nai mitzvah experience, all while learning the prayers required of them to lead. Tutoring sessions take place year-round, so that seventh graders receive tutoring for seven to 18 months, depending on the date of their bar/bat mitzvah. The peer tutoring sessions focus on the liturgy, 25 prayers, and blessings that students are required to learn. Peer tutors keep track of material covered each week, and parents receive weekly email updates about their children’s progress.
Grade levels: 7, 8, 9, 10
Learners: Children (pre-B’nai Mitzvah),Youth (post B’nai Mitzvah)
Everyone in the target audience is required to participate in the program.
Year Implemented: 2008
Temple Adat Elohim
Thousand Oaks, CA
B’nai Mitzvah each year: 50