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

Photo credit:  Giselle Brosnahan


For the Academic Year 2019-2020

Hang out time is from 4:30 pm. Jewish Studies begins promptly at 5:00 pm, followed by Hebrew and Kabbalat Shabbat service. The evening ends at 7:40 pm


TERM COMMENCES Friday 13 September 2019
B’nei Mitzvah Chavurah for all families Friday 13 September 2019 13 Elul, 5779
HALF TERM HOLIDAY Fridays 18 and 25 October 2019
TERM ENDS Friday 13 December 2019


TERM COMMENCES Friday 10 January 2020
HALF TERM HOLIDAY Fridays 14 and 21 February 2020
TERM ENDS Friday 27 March 2020
TERM COMMENCES Friday 24 April 2020
HALF TERM HOLIDAY Fridays 22 and 29 May 2020
TERM ENDS Friday 10 July 2020