To be called to the Torah as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah marks a significant milestone in the journey from childhood to maturity, and we want to ensure that every child and their family experiences the spiritual power of this milestone in a positive, meaningful way.
KI’s B’nei Mitzvah seminar is held the year before the date of the bar/bat mitzvah. Our focus for the seminar is on discerning values, building relationships, and grounding Jewish practice as our b’nei mitzvah become adult members of our community and of the world as a whole.
Beginning in the fall, and once a month through May, parents and children associated with this year’s cohort will be invited to an individualized meeting with members of the clergy to better get to know you and your desires about this process. Then, during the course of this preparatory year, students and their parents will join together for monthly sessions of learning and community building.
This preparatory year can run in parallel with specific portion training through KI or through a private tutor, or can take place before focused preparation.
We recognize that your children have many competing commitments, and we appreciate you prioritizing their Jewish formation by ensuring regular attendance at these sessions. Monthly topics include:
November: Introductory Session
December: Chanukah Learning
January: Community Service Project
February: Havdallah Program & Tu B’Shvat Learning
March: Tefillah/Tefillin Workshop & Purim Learning
April: Pesach Learning & Community Service Project
May: Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut Learning
May/June: Seminar Siyyum at Community Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Parental involvement is key to the success of our program and to the entire Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience. We will encourage and nurture the involvement of parents with students.
- Scheduling a Bar or Bat Mitzvah