The 7th Grade program, called B2Mitzvah: Boneh (Building) B’nei Mitzvah, is designed to mirror the wonders of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah year, providing meaningful Jewish engagement before, during, and after your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Children at this stage are in formation: building character, life skills, and Jewish identity. The curriculum includes:
- Reflection on a big issue impacting our students, our community, and our world.
- A monthly check in on the progress of each student’s mitzvah project.
- J-Lectives, which are initiatives that allow students to experience Jewish education beyond the classroom, in fun and meaningful ways with friends and family.
- Participation in five workshops designed with each child’s B’nei Mitzah date in mind:
- B2Mitzvah Workshop: Building one’s character as a young Jewish adult, a program in partnership with Moving Traditions.
- Trope Workshop: Building the necessary skills to lead the Bar/Bat Mitzvah service from the bimah and introduction to Trope.
- D’var Torah Workshop: Building a D’var Torah, the speech that each child delivers at Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
- Lo Ta’amod Workshop: Building an abiding commitment to helping others and understanding why a mitzvah project is important.
- Holocaust and Human Rights Workshop: Building an awareness of the Holocaust and the Jewish directive to build a more just and compassionate world.
Rotations typically begin with a student-parent session led by the clergy, followed by weekly lessons for the 7th graders. The last half hour of each program includes dinner and informal social time with 7th Graders, our teen students, and clergy.