Be Mitzvah is a year-long Bat/Bat Mitzvah program for students entering the 7th grade. We will meet weekly, combining classroom work with monthly community, social-service work. The in-class curriculum will include the 3 pillars of learning: Mitzvot (behaviors/actions), Middot (character values), and Tzedek (social justice work) In addition to the class work, there will be special hands-on programs during the year in which the students will participate in fun, group-bonding activities revolving around Jewish rituals and holiday celebrations. The year will culminate in a creative, student-led group service and celebration, marking this milestone together with family and friends.
Be Mitzvah is open to 7th graders who possess a real desire and discipline to participate in an intimate and intentional group initiative. No prior learning is necessary, although some rudimentary knowledge of Hebrew is helpful. Space is limited to those students who complete the application and can demonstrate a strong willingness and maturity to participate in this type of learning environment.
There are no requirements of synagogue membership in Beth Or, although our Be Mitzvah families are always welcome to participate in all of our services and programs at no additional cost, including the High Holy Days. Participation in Be Mitzvah is $1800 and includes instruction, printed materials, transportation to the monthly social action project, hands-on programming materials, and a Be Mitzvah t-shirt. The end-of-the-year service and celebration will have an additional cost, subject to the group’s desires and abilities.