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  5. Justin Cataldo Bar Mitzvah Entertainment & Photography 3-26-16 Temple Beit Hayam • Stuart, Florida
  6. Lauren Kaufman Bat Mitzvah Entertainment & Photography 1-16-16 Blue Martini • Boca Raton, Florida
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  1. Jacob Egozi Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 11-12-16  Hyatt Resort - Clearwater Beach, FL
  2. Bennett Pollack Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 10-22-16  Bonaventure Resort Society Lounge - Weston, Florida
  3. Jeremy Jacobs Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 4-30-16  Club White Space - Hallandale Beach, Florida
  4. Brianna Erb Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 4-9-16  Club White Space - Hallandale Beach, Florida
  5. Jacob Zlotnitsky Bar Mitzvah Entertainment & Videography 2-13-16  Renaissance International - Tampa, Florida
  6. Lauren Kaufman Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 1-16-16  Blue Martini - Boca Raton, Florida
  7. Nicholas Diamond Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 10-24-15  Quail West Country Club - Naples, Florida
  8. Zach, Skyler, Sydney Kashman B'nai Mitzvah Entertainment 5-2-15  Sanibel Harbour Marriot - Fort Myers, Florida
  9. Benjamin Korn Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 3-21-15 Quail West Country Club - Naples, Florida
  10. Jake Lichtenstein Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 2-28-15 Wyndham Hotel - Boca Raton, Florida
  11. Josua Halprin Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 12-13-14 Temple Solel - Hollywood, Florida
  12. Joli Mallitz Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 11-15-14 Polo Grill - Lakewood Ranch, Florida
  13. Edward Gelwasser Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 11-15-14 The Tower Club - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  14. Jessica Spector Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 11-8-14 Naples Princess - Naples, Florida
  15. Jordan Aronson Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 11-1-14 Club Vault - Hollywood, Florida
  16. Vincent & Destiny Wallach Florida B'nai Mitzvah Entertainment 6-7-14 Grand Harbor - Vero Beach, Florida
  17. Blake Goldberg Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 5-31-14 Hard Rock Casino - Hollywood, Florida
  18. Bryce Nabridge Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 3-1-14 Temple Kol Tikvah - Parkland, Florida
  19. Jack Kushner Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 3-1-14 Tropical Acres - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  20. Xavier Koffman Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 2-8-14 Michael's On East - Sarasota, Florida
  21. Noa Ben-Susan Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 1-19-14 Club White Space - Hallandale Beach, Florida
  22. Justin Isaacs Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 1-11-14 Royal Fiesta - Deerfield Beach, Florida
  23. Drew Sager Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 8-31-13 Colonial Country Club - Fort Myers, Florida
  24. Foster Hirsch Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 8-24-13 Dapur - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  25. Jocelyn Newman Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 5-25-13 Indian Springs Country Club - Boynton Beach, Florida
  26. Jordan Levine Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 5-19-13 Club Oasis - Boca Raton, Florida
  27. Matthew Koller Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 5-18-13 Westin Hotel - Tampa, Florida
  28. Sarah Barrocas Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 5-10-13 Bonaventure Resort - Weston, Florida
  29. Jared Amrose Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 4-27-13 Frenchmans Reserve - Palm Beach, Florida
  30. Keila Alexia Ruthy Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 3-9-13 Club White Space - Hallandale, Florida
  31. Eliezer Menda Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 3-9-13 Gryphon Night Club - Hollywood, Florida
  32. James Wallach Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 3-2-13 Grand Harbor Country Club - Vero Beach, Florida
  33. Max Lasday Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 2-16-13 The Polo Grill - Sarasota, Florida
  34. Sara Gevirman Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 2-9-13 Opia - NY, New York
  35. Ariel Marcus Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 1-12-13 Gryphon Night Club - Hollywood, Florida
  36. Jaime Korsunsky Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 12-29-12 Woodfield CountryClub - Boca Raton, Florida
  37. Alberto & Davis Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 12-15-12 Harbor Islands - Hallandale Beach, Florida
  38. Eli Siegman Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 12-8-12 Intercontinental Hotel - Tampa, Florida
  39. Ben Cohen Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 12-8-12 Maggiano's - Boca Raton, Florida
  40. Amanda Cohen Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 9-29-12 Congregation Kol Tikvah - Parkland, Florida
  41. Hannah Slotnick Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 9-2-12 B'nai Torah - Boca Raton, Florida
  42. Isaac & Noa Florida B'nai Mitzvah Entertainment 8-19-12 Temple Beth Torah - Tamarac, Florida
  43. Bennett Dubow Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 5-19-12 Jacksonville Zoo - Jacksonville, Florida
  44. Brett & Lexi Florida Ludwig B'nai Mitzvah Entertainment 4-28-12 Broken Sound - Boca Raton, Florida
  45. Rebecca Zerbo Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 4-21-12 Boca Lago Counrty Club - Boca Raton, Florida
  46. Talia Pfeffer Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 3-24-12 Temple Beth Am - Miami, Florida
  47. Rachel Buis Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 2-19-12 Wherehouse 2016 - North Miami Beach, Florida
  48. Austin & Lexi Jacobs Florida B'nai Mitzvah Entertainment 2-11-12 Busch Gardens - Tampa, Florida
  49. Taylor Koos Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 2-4-12 Indian Springs Country Club - Boynton Beach, Florida
  50. Michael Aronson Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 1-21-12 White Space - Dania Beach, Florida
  51. Hannah & Sydney Florida B'not Mitzvah Entertainment 1-21-12 The Biltmore Hotel - Coral Gables, Florida
  52. Sammy & Gigi Bender Florida B'nai Mitzvah Entertainment 12-18-11 The W Hotel - Miami Beach, Florida
  53. Jordan Lips Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 12-10-11 Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center - Aventura, Florida
  54. Andrew Silverstein Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 11-26-11 Boca Raton Renaissance Hotel - Boca Raton, Florida
  55. Wesley Foster Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 11-12-11 The Alexander Hotel - Miami Beach, Florida
  56. Zachary Bregman Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 11-12-11 Delray Golf & Country Club - Delray Beach, Florida
  57. Alex Lawson Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 10-29-11 Pelican Yacht Club - Fort Pierce, Florida
  58. Ryan Price Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 10-29-11 Vineyards Country Club - Naples, Florida
  59. Luke Haber Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 5-21-11 Boca Raton Country Club - Boca Raton, Florida
  60. Taylor McCart Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 4-16-11 Bird Key Yacht Club - Sarasota, Florida
  61. Reese Spector Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 4-3-11 Jacaranda Country Club - Plantation, Florida
  62. Marisa Bregg Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 4-2-11 Michaels On East - Sarasota, Florida
  63. Sami Lev Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 2-20-11 The Loft At Congress - Boca Raton, Florida
  64. Matthew Bray Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 2-12-11 Benvenuto's Catering, Delray Beach, Florida
  65. Jake Leon Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 2-5-11 Aventura Jewish Center - Aventura, Florida
  66. Sydney Koffman Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 1-29-11 Michaels On East - Sarasota, Florida
  67. Jordan Auerbach Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 1-29-11 Ellies 50's Diner - Delray Beach, Florida
  68. Zachary Grossman Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 11-20-10 Temple B'nai Torah - Boca Raton, Florida
  69. Ariel Desler Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 11-13-10 Aventura Jewish Center - Aventura, Florida
  70. Jake Markman Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 11-6-10 Palma Ceia Country Club - Tampa, Florida
  71. Jake Hopen Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 10-16-10 Club M&MPLEX - Hallandale Beach, Florida
  72. Stephen Yaffe FLorida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 10-9-10 Yaffe Mansion - Tampa, Florida
  73. Hunter Yagoda Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 10-9-10 Ocala Hilton - Ocala, Florida
  74. Dana Musso 13th Birthday Party Entertainment 10-8-10 Ragtops, Club La Salle - West Palm Beach, Florida
  75. Ilana Goldstein Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 9-25-10 Grey Oaks Country Club - Naples, Florida
  76. John Ostuw Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 7-24-10 Shores Resort - Daytona Beach, Florida
  77. Jared Nicholas Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 6-5-10 Quail Ridge Country Club - Boynton Beach, Florida
  78. Owen Brahms Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 5-21-10 Temple Bet Breira - Miami, Florida
  79. Michael Adler Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 5-15-10 Fête Catering & Ballroom - Lakewood Ranch, Florida
  80. Marla Manes Florida Bat Mitzva Entertainment h 5-8-10 Temple Dor Dorim - Weston, Florida
  81. Danielle Klein Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 5-2-10 The Venue - Saint Petersburg, Florida
  82. Starr Mandell Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 4-24-10 Hyatt Regency Hotel - Sarasota, Florida
  83. Ian & Alicia Lowenstein Florida B'nai Mitzvah Entertainment 4-17-10 Indian Spring Country Club - Boynton Beach, Florida
  84. Jami Rubin Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 3-20-10 Temple Kol Tikvah - Parkland, Florida
  85. Jonathan Kimmel Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 3-13-10 Jacaranda Country Club - Plantation, Florida
  86. Sarah Karp Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 2-27-10 Michaels On East - Sarasota, Florida
  87. Gregory Wolf Florida Bar Mitzvah Entertainment 1-23-10 Temple Bet Breira - Miami, Florida
  88. Natalie & Martina Florida B'not Mitzvah Entertainment 1-9-10 Club M&MPLEX - Hallandale Beach, Florida
  89. Marissa Radensky Florida Bat Mitzvah Entertainment 1-2-10 The Boca Resort - Boca Raton, Florida
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  2. Wyndham Hotel Bar Mitzvahs Boca Raton, Florida
  3. Quail West Country Club Bar Mitzvahs Naples, Florida
  4. Club Vault Bar Mitzvahs Hollywood, Florida
  5. Temple Solel Bar Mitzvahs Hollywood, Florida
  6. Polo Grill Bar Mitzvahs Lakewood Ranch, Florida
  7. Tower Club Bar Mitzvahs Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  8. Grand Harbor Bar Mitzvahs Vero Beach, Florida
  9. Royal Fiesta Catering and Event Center Deerfield Beach, Florida
  10. Stone Bridge Country Club Bar Mitzvahs Boca Raton, Florida
  11. Sun Dream Yachts Bar Mitzvahs Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  12. Club Oasis Bar Mitzvahs Boca Raton, Florida
  13. Bonaventure Resort Bar Mitzvahs Weston, Florida
  14. Gryphon Nightclub Bar Mitzvahs Hard Rock Hollywood, Florida
  15. Opia Restaurant Bar Mitzvahs New York, NY
  16. Maggiano's Bar Mitzvahs Boca Raton, Florida
  17. Boca Lago Country Club Bar Mitzvahs Boca Raton, Florida
  18. Temple Beth Tora Bar Mitzvahs Tamarac, Florida
  19. Intercontinental Bar Mitzvahs Tampa, Florida
  20. The Venue Bar Mitzvahs Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  21. Jacksonville Zoo Bar Mitzvahs Jacksonville, Florida
  22. Temple Beth AM Bar Mitzvahs Miami, Florida
  23. Off The Hookah Bar Mitzvahs Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  24. The W Hotel Bar Mitzvahs Miami Beach, Florida
  25. The Biltmore Hotel Bar Mitzvahs Coral Cables, Florida
  26. Temple B'nai Torah Bar Mitzvahs Boca Raton, Florida
  27. Club New York City Bar Mitzvahs West Palm Beach, Florida
  28. Delray Golf & Country Club Bar Mitzvahs Delray Beach, Florida
  29. Broken Sound Bar Mitzvahs Boca Raton, Florida
  30. Alexander Hotel Bar Mitzvahs Miami Beach, Florida
  31. Pelican Yacht Club Bar Mitzvahs Fort Pierce, Florida
  32. Vineyards Country Club Bar Mitzvahs Naples, Florida
  33. Boca Country Club Bar Mitzvahs Boca Raton, Florida
  34. Wycliffe Country Club Bar Mitzvahs Wellington, Florida
  35. The Loft At Congress Bar Mitzvahs Boca Raton, Florida
  36. Ellies 50's Diner Bar Mitzvahs Delray Beach, Florida
  37. Temple B'nai Torah Bar Mitzvahs Boca Raton, Florida
  38. Temple Judea Bar Mitzvahs Coral Gables, Florida
  39. Ocala Hilton Bar Mitzvahs Ocala, Florida
  40. Palma Ceia Country Club Bar Mitzvahs Tampa, Florida
  41. Ragtops - Club La Salle Bar Mitzvahs West Palm Beach, Florida
  42. Grey Oaks Country Club Bar Mitzvahs Naples, Florida
  43. Quail Ridge Country Club Bar Mitzvahs Boynton Beach, Florida
  44. Embassy Suites Bar Mitzvahs Deerfield Beach, Florida
  45. Lakeside Terrace Bar Mitzvahs Boca Raton, Florida
  46. Hyatt Regency Bar Mitzvahs Sarasota, Florida
  47. Heron Bay Marriott Bar Mitzvahs Coral Springs, Florida
  48. The Omphoy Ocean Resort Bar Mitzvahs Palm Beach, Florida
  49. Embassy Suites Bar Mitzvahs Orlando, Florida
  50. Universal Studio's Bar Mitzvahs Orlando, Florida
  51. Temple Bet Breira Bar Mitzvahs Miami, Florida
  52. Temple Kol Tikvah Bar Mitzvahs Parkland, Florida
  53. Pavilion Grille Bar Mitzvahs Boca Raton, Florida
  54. Westin Harbour Island Bar Mitzvahs Tampa, Florida
  55. Marco Island Marriott Bar Mitzvahs Marco Island, Florida
  56. Crowne Plaza Bar Mitzvahs Hollywood Beach, Florida
  57. Mizner Country Club Bar Mitzvahs Delray Beach, Florida
  58. Ritz Carlton Bar Mitzvahs Palm Beach, Florida
  59. Boca Resort Bar Mitzvahs Boca Raton, Florida
  60. Boca West Country Club Bar Mitzvahs Boca Raton, Florida
  61. National Croquet Center Bar Mitzvahs West Palm Beach, Florida
  62. Deerfield Country Club Bar Mitzvahs Deerfield Beach, Florida
  63. Temple Beth Am Bar Mitzvahs Jupiter, Florida
  64. Four Seasons Bar Mitzvahs Miami, Florida
  65. Aventura Jewish Center Bar Mitzvahs Aventura, Florida
  66. Benvenuto Bar Mitzvahs Boynton Beach, Florida
  67. Parkland Country Club Bar Mitzvahs Parkland, Florida
  68. The Players Club Bar Mitzvahs Wellington, Florida
  69. Temple Beth Torah Bar Mitzvahs Aventura, Florida
  70. Ocean Club Key Biscayne Bar MItzvahs Key Biscayne, Florida
  71. Renaissance Boca Raton Bar Mitzvahs Boca Raton, Florida
  72. Breakers West Country Club Bar Mitzvahs West Palm Beach, Florida
  73. Jacaranda Country Club Bar Mitzvahs Plantation, Florida
  74. Colonial Country Club Bar Mitzvahs Fort Myers, Florida
  75. Saint Andrews Country Club Bar Mitzvahs Boca Raton, Florida
  76. Inverrary Country Club Bar Mitzvahs Lauderhill, Florida
  77. Woodfield Country Club Bar Mitzvahs Boca Raton, Florida
  78. Temple Beth El Bar Mitzvahs Boca Raton, Florida
  79. La Gorce Country Club Bar Mitzvahs Miami Beach, Florida
  80. Signature Grand Bar Mitzvahs Davie, Florida
  81. Hard Rock Bar Mitzvahs Hollywood, Florida
  82. Michael's On East Bar Mitzvahs Sarasota, Florida
  83. Long Boat Key Club Bar Mitzvahs Sarasota, Florida
  84. Temple Dor Dorim Bar Mitzvahs Weston, Florida
  85. Temple Beth Emet Bar Mitzvahs Cooper City, Florida
  86. Indian Springs Country Club Bar Mitzvahs Boynton Beach, Florida
  87. Boca Dunes Country Club Bar Mitzvahs Boca Raton, Florida
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Thank 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.

Becoming 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.

The b’nai 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.

Of 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.

Because 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.

Our Bar and Bat Mitzvah program will assign you a Bar or Bat Mitzvah supervisor.

Throughout 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 is contagious.

The following pages contain the details of our B”M program and include:

  1. Description of B’nai Mitzvah Program Elements
  2. Application for B’nai Mitzvah Program (PDF) or on line Click Here
  3. Tikkun Olam Project Worksheet (PDF)
  4. Liturgy Log for a Morning Service (PDF)
  5. Torah and Haftarah Logs (PDF)
  6. D’var Torah Worksheet (PDF)
  7. Shabbat Log (PDF)

To apply for our program, Click Here >>

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!

L’Shalom,

Rabbi Jamie S. Korngold

1. Tikkun Olam Project

Purpose:
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.

Goal:
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.

Plan:
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.

Sharing with the Rabbi:
Please send me copies of your worksheet:

  1. After the project is chosen but before it begins
  2. When five hours are completed
  3. After the project is finished and reviewed
  4. When the summary has been written

Sharing with the Community:
You will share your project with the community at your bat or bar mitzvah ceremony by reading your summary report.

2. Hebrew Fluidity

Purpose:
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.

Goal:
To be able to fluidly read the basic prayers of the Jewish service.

Plan:
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.

Sharing:
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 rabbi.

3. Reading of Torah/ Haftarah:

Purpose:
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.

Goal:
To read (or chant) from the Torah (without vowels) and read Haftarah.

Plan:
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

Sharing:
After you have completed each of these steps, make a phone appointment to read/chant for the rabbi.

4. D’var Torah (speech about the Torah portion)

Purpose:
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.

Goal:
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.

Plan:
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.

Sharing:
You will read your D’var Torah to your community at your bar/bat mitzvah.

5. Jewish Practice

Purpose:
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 home.

Goal:
To attend 10 services or light candles, make Kiddush and say motzie as a family.

Plan:
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.

6. Extras

Some families wish to be further involved in the process. The following (and other ideas) are welcome. Please check in with me.

  1. Put together a unique service.
  2. Read/chant Torah before the bar or bat mitzvah student.
  3. Include additional readings or prayers into the service.


7. Rehearsal:

Whenever 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.

If you want your son or daughter to have a:

  • Coming of Age Ceremony
  • Connection to Jewish Heritage
  • Knowledge of Ethics and Values
  • Opportunity to Celebrate with Friends and Family
  • Generational Continuity

But 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.

Bar Yisrael and Bat Yisrael:

  • Focused around Tikkun Olam/ Social Action project
  • Opens the door for future involvement with Judaism
  • Helps develop Jewish identity
  • Your timeframe, your schedule
  • Appropriate for 12 and 13-year olds

Part 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.

Part 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.

Part 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 you.

Part IV: Ceremony
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!

Details:

12 - week Program includes:

  • 3 phone meetings with our B'nai Mitzvah Program Director
  • 3 phone meetings with Rabbi Korngold
  • One 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.

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