Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a two year learning process; and we are incredibly proud that the vast majority of our young people stay on to help teach younger pupils who follow them on their B’nei Mitzvah journey.

We meet on Friday afternoon from 4.30 pm. Our curriculum hour follows a programme of teenage learning that grows out of the interests of our students. We want our young people to have a great time, make friends, and come away with a deeper Jewish identity, a strong understanding of the history and realities of Israel, and what it means to be a Reform Jew. We see ethical development as central to this process. The second hour of our programme sees our young people working one-to-one with older teenage helpers, who teach them a carefully chosen set of blessings and prayers, and their Bar or Bat Mitzvah portion. Steve Levenson oversees and carefully monitors this process. Rabbis Shulamit Ambalu and James Baaden offer individual tutoring to our young people to prepare for the Bar or Bat Mitzvah itself. Charley Katan, our youth worker, is part of the Friday team, offering our older teenagers a secure and challenging teenage space where they can develop their leadership skills. An extended team of skilled volunteers is also available to offer one-to-one support.

For more information or to enrol your child, please contact Steve Levenson on steve.levenson@shaarei-tsedek.org.uk

Photo credit:  Giselle Brosnahan

B’NEI MITZVAH GROUP TERM DATES and HOLIDAYS

For the Academic Year 2018-2019

TERM 1
TERM COMMENCESFriday 14th September 2018
B’nei Mitzvah Chavurah for all families
HALF TERM HOLIDAYFridays 19th and 26th October 2018
TERM ENDSFriday 14th December 2018
TERM 2
TERM COMMENCESFriday 11th January 2019
HALF TERM HOLIDAYFridays 15th and 22nd February 2019
TERM ENDSFriday 5th April 2019
TERM 3
TERM COMMENCESFriday 3rd May 2019
HALF TERM HOLIDAYFridays 24th and 31st May 2019
TERM ENDSFriday 19th July 2019