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

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Beneath the Surface, a Program for Bat Mitzvah Girls and Their Mothers

Beneath the Surface is a program for mothers and their pre-bat mitzvah daughters, designed to explore the power of ritual and how it can enhance the bat mitzvah experience. The goal of the program is to enable mothers and daughters to connect with each other through conversation, art, crafts, and texts. Moms and daughters learn about the power of ritual to mark moments of transition, and they have the opportunity to create their own personal ritual linked to the bat mitzvah. The curriculum is available for purchase and can be implemented in a variety of settings; it includes both intergenerational and parallel learning.

Lessons Learned

Beneath the Surface has had unexpected positive impacts on mother/daughter relationships by giving them a meaningful access point to Judaism that has nothing to do with party planning, tutoring, or other stress factors during the bat mitzvah year. Mothers and daughters focus together on marking this time in a meaningful way.

Program Info

Grade levels: 6, 7

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

Mothers/daughters have the option of enrolling in this program in addition to the regular educational offerings.

Year Implemented: 2015


  • Innovative Ritual
  • Family Engagement

About Us

Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Paula Brody & Family Education Center

Boston, MA