Jewish Gateways B-Mitzvah* Program
Making the ritual relevant
Jewish Gateways' unique two-year program, rooted in family learning, is about more than just the ritual. Our B-Mitzvah program supports students (and their parents!) as they become teens, engaging them with Judaism that is relevant and meaningful.
Our program equips students with the skills and knowledge they need not only for a B-Mitzvah but as they become Jewish adults.
*B-Mitzvah is the gender-neutral term for Bar / Bat / B’nai Mitzvah
Two-year program for 6th and 7th graders
September through May
Three meetings per month at Epworth United Methodist Church
Ritual or ceremony
Students demonstrate and share their learning and expertise. This can look like a traditional B-Mitzvah or something totally unique.
For those who would like to read Torah, lead Hebrew prayers in a service, or otherwise include Hebrew in their learning, we will provide support by connecting your teen with tutors and offer guidance.
Running twice a month as part of our family school, Growing Together
Becoming a teen: Explore Jewish texts, values, and traditions that are relevant and helpful to students’ social and emotional lives as they become teens. Sessions delve into topics like dealing with anxiety and communicating with parents.
Jewish passport: Acquire the skills and knowledge to navigate Jewish settings confidently as you transition into adulthood, from mastering Hanukkah blessings to embracing holiday customs.
Engage in monthly sessions that foster dialogue and open communication. Cook cherished family recipes, explore Jewish teachings, connect with spirituality through nature hikes, and discuss topics such as “How can teens and parents keep communication open?”
In-depth learning project
Delve deeper with passion projects: Uncover personal Jewish passions through in-depth learning projects, empowering teens to take ownership of their journey. Projects might include leading a Passover Seder, exploring Jewish cinema, or preparing for a traditional B-Mitzvah service.