you for your interest in becoming a bar or bat mitzvah with
the Adventure Rabbi program. Our training is rigorous and spiritually
rewarding, crafted to awaken your Judaism on many levels.
a bar or bat mitzvah, a son or daughter of the commandments,
marks the beginning of a child’s maturation into adulthood.
Through the process the child demonstrates his or her burgeoning
ability to take on more responsibility for him or herself, ethically,
morally, intellectually and physically. This is the beginning
of a process that will continue until adulthood is reached.
mitzvah process itself should mirror this maturation and increased
ability to assume responsibility for self. Although each component
of the learning needs to be supervised and supported by parents,
the child’s responsibility for his or her actions should
be stressed and called into play whenever possible.
course what makes our b’nai mitzvah program unique is
that we offer ceremonies that are held outdoors. Simply by being
in the wilderness, the spirituality of the experience is powerful.
we use a paper Torah rather than a kosher parchment Torah (which
might be damaged by the elements) our ceremonies can take place
in any location, as accessible or adventurous as your family
chooses. Generally, Rabbi Korngold leads the ceremonies that
take place on the Mesa Trail in Boulder, Colorado, and include
an hour and fifteen minute hike (each way) to a beautiful natural
outdoor synagogue, nestled up against a sheer rock face. Rabbi
Bogage leads the service that take place in other locations,
including outside of Colorado.
and Bat Mitzvah program will assign you a Bar or Bat Mitzvah
the program, your supervisor will have regular meetings with
you by phone or in person. These ongoing conversations will
help make your learning experience meaningful. Generally, these
are rabbinical students from Hebrew Union College, who are passionate
about sharing their knowledge about Judaism and whose enthusiasm
pages contain the details of our B”M program and include:
Description of B’nai Mitzvah Program Elements
for B’nai Mitzvah Program (PDF) or on line Click
Olam Project Worksheet (PDF)
Liturgy Log for a Morning Service (PDF)
and Haftarah Logs (PDF)
Torah Worksheet (PDF)
Shabbat Log (PDF)
apply for our program, Click
If you are
looking for a less intensive program, which focuses more on
social action and ethics than on Hebrew and prayer leading skills,
please read about an alternative celebration for 13-year-olds,
the Bar/ Bat Yisrael. (Click here Bar / Bat Yisrael)
After reading through this information, if you feel an Adventure
Rabbi bar or bat mitzvah will be a good fit for your family,
please submit the application,
call me at 303.417.6200, or click
here to have me contact you now.
I am looking
forward to joining your family on this adventure of learning!
Jamie S. Korngold
Mitzvah Program Elements
Tikkun Olam Project
Becoming a bar or bat mitzvah means becoming a more responsible
member of the Jewish community. One of the values of our Jewish
community is that as Jews, we have a mandate to help make
the world a better place. Therefore, as you take on your new
role in our community you will demonstrate your concern and
connection through a tikkun olam project.
To complete a tikkun olam project that helps make the world
a better place and demonstrates your responsibility towards,
and involvement in, the larger community.
The tikkun olam planning worksheet will guide you through
the steps of the project. Please complete it with the guidance
of an adult who will help you make good choices.
with the Rabbi:
Please send me copies of your worksheet:
the project is chosen but before it begins
five hours are completed
the project is finished and reviewed
the summary has been written
with the Community:
You will share your project with the community at your bat
or bar mitzvah ceremony by reading your summary report.
Becoming a bar or bat mitzvah means becoming a more responsible
member of the Jewish community. One of the ways we participate
in community is through prayer. Wherever you travel in the
world, you will be able to be part of the Jewish community
if you can read basic prayers. Leading those prayers at your
bar or bat mitzvah will demonstrate your competency.
To be able to fluidly read the basic prayers of the Jewish
With the help of a tutor or Hebrew school teacher, learn to
fluidly read the prayers listed on the prayer sheet. It is
recommended that you study in short daily sessions, for example
15 minutes twice a day.
When your checklist is complete and you have mastered all
the prayers, please send a copy of your log and call to make
a phone appointment to read/chant all the prayers for the
Reading of Torah/ Haftarah:
On the day that you become a bar or bat mitzvah, you will
publicly read from the Torah and Haftarah for the first time.
Jews all over the world will be reading the same parsha (section)
on the same day. Today you take your place as a responsible
member of this community.
To read (or chant) from the Torah (without vowels) and read
With the help of your tutor and daily practice (suggested
30-60 min/day) learn to:
1. Read 6 verses of Torah with vowels
2. Read 6 verses of Torah without vowels
3. Chant 6 verses of Torah (optional)
4. Read 6 verses Haftarah
After you have completed each of these steps, make a phone
appointment to read/chant for the rabbi.
D’var Torah (speech about the Torah portion)
One of the highest values in Judaism is learning. As you study
for your Torah portion, we hope you will go beyond just reading
it, and seek out lessons within the text. Researching your
D’var Torah will give you an opportunity to explore
what great Jewish thinkers have said about your portion and
to add your ideas to theirs, as is our tradition.
To write a D’var Torah that explains what happened in
the parsha, what our tradition has to say about it, and how
it applies to your life.
The D’var Torah worksheet will guide you through this
process. The rabbi will also be helping you with this. Although
you can discuss your ideas with your parents, and may have
them proofread your writing, the ideas and writing should
be your own.
You will read your D’var Torah to your community at
your bar/bat mitzvah.
Becoming a bar or bat mitzvah means taking on increased responsibility
for your personal Jewish practice. To strengthen your level
of comfort as a practicing Jew, you will attend Shabbat services
or, if that is not possible, create Shabbat experiences at
To attend 10 services or light candles, make Kiddush and say
motzie as a family.
Attend services at the synagogue(s) of your choosing.
The services can be Friday night, Saturday or weekday services.
If this is not geographically possible, have Shabbat dinners
at home. Log in worksheet.
wish to be further involved in the process. The following
(and other ideas) are welcome. Please check in with me.
together a unique service.
Torah before the bar or bat mitzvah student.
additional readings or prayers into the service.
possible we will do a run-through of the service before the
actual day. This can be done in my office or by phone.
Note: If you are looking for a less
intensive program, which focuses more on social action and ethics
than on Hebrew and prayer leading skills, please read about
an alternative celebration for 13 year olds, the Bar/ Bat Yisrael.
/ Bat Yisrael
(an alternative to a Bar / Bat Mitzvah)
you want your son or daughter to have a:
of Age Ceremony
to Jewish Heritage
of Ethics and Values
to Celebrate with Friends and Family
are not ready/able to commit to a Bar Mitzvah training program
that includes synagogue participation, learning Hebrew, or religious
school, the Bar or Bat Yisrael ceremony may be for your family.
and Bat Yisrael:
around Tikkun Olam/ Social Action project
the door for future involvement with Judaism
develop Jewish identity
timeframe, your schedule
for 12 and 13-year olds
I: Learning Project
As a Bar or Bat Yisrael student, you will work with the B'nai
Mitzvah Program Director, to discover one area of Judaism you
wish to learn about or experience. For example, you might explore
Jewish music, learn about a particular holiday, study an Israeli
Prime minister, learn to read Hebrew prayers or learn about
a particular Torah portion. You will devote at least 10 hours
to your studies. At your Bar or Bat Yisrael service, you will
teach the community what you have learned.
II: Tikkun Olam/ Social Action Project
You will also devote 10 hours to working on a Tikkun Olam /
social action project of your own design. You will learn why
this particular project illustrates a Jewish value, and track
your own progress and learning. You will share what they have
learned at your Bar or Bat Yisrael service.
III: Sabbath Prayers
You will also learn the basic prayers for Sabbath dinner at
home and Havdallah, the ceremony closing the Sabbath. These
are easy, enjoyable and useful prayers that will enable you
to be part of the Jewish community wherever your life takes
When you have completed your projects, we will gather
together with family and friends at a Friday night Shabbat Service
or Saturday night Havdallah service. Rabbi Korngold's services
are beautiful, heart-felt experiences, filled with song, prayer
and relevant discussions. Together as a community we will celebrate
your connection to Judaism and entrance into the teenage years.
There will be ample opportunities for friends, parents and family
to add their blessings to the service so that it becomes a unique
expression of you!
12 - week Program includes:
3 phone meetings with our B'nai Mitzvah Program Director
phone meetings with Rabbi Korngold
hour a week Tikkun Olam / social action project
One hour a week independent study
If you are
interested in this option,
click here to have Rabbi Korngold contact you.