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.
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
Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple
B’nai Mitzvah each year: 55