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

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Intensive Study and Creative D'vrei Torah

Families and students are given the option to engage in mutual study of their Torah and haftarah portions with a member of the clergy, beginning as early as 14-16 months prior to their bar or bat mitzvah. This process fosters a stronger sense of engagement with the b’nai mitzvah preparation process and a deeper relationship between the clergy and the family. Through the process of study, the b’nai mitzvah student is able to identify a unique mode of expression for his or her d’var Torah, including creating videos and alternative haftarah teachings. Additionally, the clergy can work with families to create a service that meets the individual needs, limitations, and interests of each student.


Program Info

Grade levels: 6, 7

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

Families have the option of enrolling in this program in addition to the regular educational offerings

Year Implemented: 2013


  • Participating in Community
  • Mentoring

About Us

Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple

Cleveland, OH

1,100 members

Reform Congregation

B’nai Mitzvah each year: 55