Recently, a rabbi contacted us through our website asking for links to sites that can aid him in putting together a Bar and Bat Mitzvah program. Overall, we looked to highlight programs that would instill a love for Jewish learning and the desire to continue moving in a positive direction.
Below, we share with you a roundup of helpful links that will help you build a program for your shul or organization.
1) Here is a link to The Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program of TORCH – Torah Outreach Resource Center of Houston. The course runs for eight consecutive weeks. Each week, class begins with a light dinner, followed by Hebrew reading, a lecture and discussion. This program culminates in a final Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony. If you are looking for another option, here is the curriculum to The Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program of Beth Tfiloh of Baltimore.
2) Aish HaTorah’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Guide is great! You can use it to print out and hand to beginners at a Bar Mitzvah service or use as part of your curriculum. You can download the guide in its entirety here.
3) Lubavitch of Bucks County Bar Mitzvah Preparation Guide is a must read and can be downloaded here! It’s well organized and comes with a handy table of contents and appendix. It’s also great to refer to if you want to see what other organizations are charging for such programs.
4) Whether you are based in the United Kingdom or not, we encourage you to check out the information found within the PDF’s provided by Tribe. You can read them all here.
5) While not a Orthodox synagogue, we think it’s worth reviewing what Shaarie Tefilla of Portland, Oregon offers in their extensive Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program which is available to download here.
Below is a picture and description of how one synagogue advertises its Bat Mitzvah program:
If you know of other programs and links that have been successful, please feel free to leave a note in the comments section below.
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