Congregation Tikkun v’Or is proud to have a dynamic and highly individualized b’nai mitzvah program.
Jewish Learning Experiences includes the study of Jewish history, Torah, mitzvot (commandments), ethics, rituals, holidays, and Hebrew. The Wednesday JLE classes help sixth and seventh graders develop Hebrew reading and prayer skills and prepare for becoming bnai mitzvah.
Our small classes allow for each student and family to choose a bar/bat mitzvah date close to the actual Hebrew birthday, with the themes of the parashot (portions) in mind. About 6 months before the bar/bat mitzvah, students start working individually, learning to chant the Torah parasha and the Haftorah. Most students also prepare to lead many sections of the Friday night and Saturday morning services. Each student studies the meanings and commentaries on the parasha, and writes a d‘var Torah (commentary) of their own.
Students work together in the midweek class and during individual tutoring sessions.
Students of all abilities, with various learning challenges and gifts, are all encouraged to challenge themselves, to take responsibility for their learning, and to use this opportunity to explore their own Jewish identity. Students are encouraged to make the commitment to continue Jewish learning after they become bnai mitzvah with further study, and by becoming madrichim (assistants) at Jewish Learning Experiences (JLE).
The 2021 B’nai Mitzvah Handbook will be available here soon.
Students also each work on a tikkun olam project, as a way to focus on how each of us can do mitzvot (commandments) and gemilut chasadim and tzedakah (acting righteously in pursuit of justice) in order to bring tikkun olam (repair of the world). A list of some of these projects can be found here. Project Proposal forms are here.
Hear about our Tikkun Olam projects in this video.
2021 B’nai Mitzvah
January 16 Drew Thomas
February 27 Rennie Smolenski
April 24 Elijah Kelly
May 29 Coco Hamilton
June 19 Kayla Gerson
June 26 Ruby Gozan-Keck
July 10 Yordana Wilensky
August 7 Menzie Berkowitz
August 28 Lilliana Kress
2020 B’nai Mitzvah
January 25 Leeyam Hadar
February 1 Alexandra Elia
May 9 Jonathan Bael