Our members come from a diversity of backgrounds, each with a different level of formal Jewish education. Some have never had the chance to learn Hebrew or become a Bat or Bar Mitzvah. This is particularly true for women and those who converted to Judaism. We offer these members the chance to do both.
Guided by Rabbi Holin, our adult B’nai Mitzvah class meets together in a small group over a two-year period. Learning to read Hebrew, parsing Torah, and studying and discussing Jewish laws and customs in the context of the Reform Movement, the group moves toward its B’nai Mitzvah.
Unlike our traditional Bar and Bat Mitzvah program through the Religious School, the B’nai Mitzvah class is geared toward adult learners. The class forms a cohesive support group, and provides a warm space in which to explore one’s Judaism.
The culmination of the class is the B’nai Mitzvah service at which time participants are called to the Torah, and family, friends and fellow congregants kvell over the accomplishment of the class.
Like our teenage Bar and Bat Mitzvah students, our adult students are invited to choose which Torah verses they would like to read or chant, based on the verses that speak to them. Each celebrant delivers a dvar Torah, talking about what he or she found meaningful in those verses and explaining what led to commencing the journey to Bar or Bat Mitzvah as an adult.