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Preparing for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Our synagogue is partnering with Moving Traditions (www.movingtraditions.org) to pioneer a new and exciting approach to preparing our families and students of every gender identity, background, and family tradition for the bnai mitzvah in a way that connects Jewish wisdom to the interpersonal and social elements of this coming-of-age ritual.  
 
Through this partnership program, we will be educating families on new ways to approach becoming and raising a Jewish teen. Our goals are to look at Jewish identity, our sense of self and family, and our relationship with our Jewish community and the world in new ways. We want to provide a space for teens to develop and express their authentic selves and to know that their identities are unique, beautiful, and powerfully honored within our community. We want to support that expression as they prepare to undertake this sacred coming-of-age ceremony and to understand what it means to take responsibility for the sacred, unique, Jewish self they walk with in the world.  
 
This year we’ll be adding Moving Traditions’ family education and pre-teen sessions to our b’nai mitzvah preparation. Through games, activities and discussion, the Moving Traditions’ sessions—created by rabbis and social workers—will help parents and pre-teens explore what it means to to celebrate during a pandemic, to be the center of attention during a life cycle ritual, to navigate expectations from friends and family, to find Jewish meaning in the ceremony, as well as exploring other social-emotional challenges and joys associated with the b’nai mitzvah. 
Moving Traditions’ mission is to embolden teens by fostering self-discovery, challenging sexism, and inspiring a commitment to Jewish life and learning. Working with communal partners across the country, Moving Traditions’ educational programs Rosh Hodesh Shevet, and Tzelem have impacted the lives of more than 21,000 teens.  We are excited to start the first cohort of program this spring for families and teens preparing for their B-Mitzvah experiences.

 

Mon, October 18 2021 12 Cheshvan 5782