At the end of 4th grade, students and their families chose among three tracks (My Israel, My Personal Prayer Journey, and Team Tzedek) to becoming b’nai mitzvah. In My Personal Prayer Journey, each student has the opportunity to create his/her own personal prayer experience, through the use of a variety of modalities, such as digital media, writing, art, music, etc. This expands upon a traditional course of study by adding the element of individual expression to both the learning process and the B’nai Mitzvah ceremony. This creates proficient prayer participants who read, connect, and interact with the prayer service in a way that resonates with their personal interests and passions.
Change is challenging. In the inaugural year, a majority of families selected this track, as it is what was most familiar to them.
Grade levels: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Learners: Children (pre-B’nai Mitzvah), Parents
Year Implemented: 2016
Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim
1100 family units
B’nai Mitzvah each year: 100+