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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OUR BNEI MITZVAH & BEYOND MILESTONES PROGRAM!!

A wonderful milestone in our Jewish Journey!

As you plan your event, we hope that you and your student keep in mind the essence of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Ceremony: to declare before the community that the child is ready to take on the responsibilities of a
Jewish adult, that is fulfilling the commandments as they continue their Jewish journey into adulthood.

COMMUNITY BUILDING PROGRAMS:

SHABBAT SCHOOL

On weekends when a student in the class has his/her Bar or Bat Mitzvah
the class will have Shabbat School instead of Sunday School. The hours
are 9:30 - 1:00 and include breakfast discussion session, participation in the
Torah Service, a snack/discussion break, participation in Musaf/concluding
part of the service, and joining the community lunch. Please be sure
your student dresses appropriately.
BAKING FOR THE BAR/BAT MITZVAH FAMILY
When the Bar/Bar Mitzvah Family requests the class to bake for the community
luncheon*, you may bring store-bought cakes or cookies or bake at home as long
as you follow the Kashrut guidelines outlined in the Religious School Handbook,
or the CBD Kashrut policy CBD Kashrut Policy
*Kashrut policy is enforced for the Kitchen/Social Hall area; the rest of the
building enforces a "kosher style" rule.

GREETER PROGRAM

Another community building program we use at CBD, is having the
upcoming Bar/Bat mitzvah act as greeter during the service of the
current Bar/Bat mitzvah. To greet, the student simply must arrive at 9:20,
assemble any handouts that are to be given out, and pass them out to guests
(with a smile and a "Shabbat Shalom") as they arrive. The student does
this until the beginning of the Torah Service. Please be sure you have
the latest schedule.

ABOUT THE BNEI MITZVAH PROCESS:

There are 3 phases to our program:

1. Core Judaic learning through our Youth Education Program.

Attendance at our JCore Religious School program during grades K-6 begins the process
of study towards the Bnei Mitzvah milestone. This includes attendance at our
Youth Services, and, starting in 4th grade, a series of Family Education seminars
geared towards understanding the Bnei Mitzvah milestone and the process.
Your student will receive their date during one of these seminars in 5th grade.

2. Tutoring through our Ritual Department.

6 months prior to the Bnei Mitzvah date, our Ritual Director, Barbara Biran,
will contact you to begin tutoring for your student's Bnei Mitzvah. This occurs weekly
until the date. EXCEPTION: For students with special needs, a meeting with you, our
learning specialist, and Barbara should occur at least one year prior to the date, to
evaluate, and design a Bnei Mitzvah experience suited to your student's abilities. This may
require additional tutoring time depending on what you and our specialist decide is best
for your student. There are additional fees for the tutoring program.

3. Mentoring for Speech

Also about 6 months prior to the date, our learning specialist will begin to pair
your student with an adult congregant who volunteers to act as a mentor for Bnei
Mitzvah students. Students generally meet with the mentor once a week
beginning 2-3 months prior (depending on the mentor) to study the meaning
of their torah portions and help them write their speech. Every effort is made
to make the mentor-student pairing a positive and successful experience.
There is no additional charge for the mentoring program. The Ritual Department
supplies the mentors with guidance and materials.





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