6th & 7th Grade B'nei Mitzvah Cohorts

B'nei Mitzvah Experience for 6th Grade Families

All 6th grade families are invited to participate in a series of exclusives experience designed for families immersed in preparing for a B’nei Mitzvah.

B’nei Mitzvah Cohort: Havdallah Experience
Under the stars, Temple Beth Am’s 6th grade families will begin a new week and a new year of our journey together as families embarking on a B’nei Mitzvah journey.After a Havdallah service and dessert refreshments, Rabbis Shapiro and Chorny will facilitate a conversation amongst parents and 6th graders to address the basic stresses that come with preparing for the B’nei Mitzvah experience. We will discuss how the B’nei Mitzvah fits within the many transition that take place from childhood to teen years. We will explore the risks and responsibilities of becoming a B’nei Mitzvah, and make sense of the spoken and unspoken rituals of entry into Jewish adulthood.

Moving Traditions’ B’nai Mitzvah Family & Student Only Programs (Ongoing)
For the second year we will be piloting a new curriculum program for our 6th graders and their parents created by our teen programming partner, Moving Traditions. These sessions aim to help families and b’nei mitzvah students make thoughtful, informed decisions around the gendered and social elements of the b’nai mitzvah process.

B’nei Mitzvah Cohort: Mikvah Experience at AJU
(Dates TBD during Winter 2018)
The mikvah is a ritual bath, a space designated for meditative experiences that mark transitional moments in our lives. Our B'nei Mitzvah, accompanied by their parent(s), will have the opportunity to celebrate their burgeoning Jewish adulthood by immersing in living waters.

6th Grade Shabbat February 10th, 2018 9:30am
To close out the year, all 6th grade families unite for a special Shabbat morning service devoted to this cohort. Students will be invited to participate in leadership roles throughout the service, including reading Torah, leading Tefillah and sharing words of Torah. Together, we will experience a Shabbat morning in our Main Sanctuary service, Shir Hadash, and then eat and socialize in a kiddush. We will rejoice in a year of journeying together during the 6th grade, and prepare to celebrate together as a community in the year to come.

B’nei Mitzvah Cohort: Beach Experience, Santa Monica Beach (Time TBD)
Living in Los Angeles, we are so privileged to live so close to a majestic ocean and a beautiful beach. In this setting, the waters will provide us the venue to gather to reflect upon our year’s process of preparing to celebrate becoming B’nei Mitzvah. Through ritual we will share blessings for the coming year of celebration, and with beach games and a potluck picnic we will give thanks for being together on this journey.

B'nei Mitzvah Experience for 7th Grade Families

Moving Traditions’ Student Only Programs

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Continuing on our successful Cohort programs last year, we will be offering student only session on two important topics using curriculum designed by our Moving Traditions partners. Both of the sessions for the 7th grade cohort will focus around on the decisions kids make when they are the b’nei mitzvah or participating in someone else’s can be filled with meaning and embody their values.