This gallery of B’nai Mitzvah Innovations profiles cutting edge approaches to B’nai Mitzvah.

First, begin your exploration of our six areas of experimentation with a button below.

Second, enjoy browsing through each of the snapshots in the collections.

3rd & 4th Grade Family B'nai Mitzvah Retreat

Utilizing the facilities of URJ Camp OSRUI, Temple Sholom of Chicago provides families with a forum to explore how the B’nai Mitzvah experience is a step to Jewish living and becoming a mensch. At the same time, the program builds community by getting away to enjoy Shabbat time together at camp. Clergy and educators facilitate the adult and family programs, with the Youth Advisor leading children’s programming.  Time is provided for parents and children to connect, together and separately, with other families as well as clergy and staff, to enjoy relaxed meals, play games and learn together. Siblings are also welcome.

Lessons Learned

Innovation doesn’t have to mean creating from scratch, resist the urge to over-program, and empower participants to shape the program.

Program Info

Grade levels: 3, 4

Learners: Children (pre-B’nai Mitzvah), Parents, Siblings

Year Implemented: 2016


  • Family Engagement

About Us

Temple Sholom of Chicago

Chicago, IL

1000 member units

Reform Congregation

B’nai Mitzvah each year: 55-70