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.

Project-Based Learning

Feeling that b’nai mitzvah students spent too much time on learning to decode and chant prayers, Congregation Har HaShem created a new curriculum for sixth and seventh graders to put more emphasis on Torah, text, “God-wrestling” and tikkun olam (social justice). Students are guided through a semester of project-based learning focused on tikkun olam, which begins with a parent/child retreat to explore what is broken in the world and to study Jewish texts about repairing the world. The students spend the semester in regular learning sessions to study texts, meet with “experts” in the congregation, choose a social justice topic, and create their own project around repairing the world.

Lessons Learned

With other opportunities available for independent bar/bat mitzvah in the local community, this project-based learning model helps families find and build community.

Program Info

Grade levels: 6, 7

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

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

Year Implemented: 2013


  • Participating in Community
  • Reparing the World

About Us

Congregation Har HaShem

Boulder, CO

450 members

Reform Congregation

B’nai Mitzvah each year: 32