April 5, 2006

by Reb Yudel
Bar Mitzvah 3000?

Rabbi Goldie Milgram writes:
ReclaimingJudaism.org is spearheading an initiative of parents and educators to upgrade the bar/bat mitzvah experience in North America. This includes collecting, studying and sharing new, best and prevailing bar/bat mitzvah preparation, ritual, celebration and appreciation practices.
Details -- lot of them -- after the jump.
Your input, articles, best practices, dreams are invited and we also have some carefully researched freebies for you:
  1. A new issue of our free e-magazine for bar/bat mitzvah educators and families is available at http://www.reclaimingjudaism.org/EMAG/emagazine.htm
  2. Join our free April 17th conference call 90 minute teaching for b’nei mitzvah educators and parents to learn the Ten Sacred Shifts essential to a healthy bar/bat mitzvah preparation process. Reply to this email to register, please include a brief paragraph about yourself please. The call-in number will be sent to you in April. BMI: The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Institute Initiative is part of the 501C3 non-profit P'nai Yachadut-Reclaiming Judaism. We also offer family enrichment workshops, retreats, highly acclaimed b’nei mitzvah family education text books and over 600 pages of free teachings at ReclaimingJudaism.org. All of our efforts reflect a context of respect for all denominations and backgrounds. This work was researched under a grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

    In The new Issue of BMI e-magazine for bar/bat mitzvah families & educators:

    “Advance and Share” Training April 17
    Reduce professional isolation while learning the Ten Sacred Shifts that are possible during bar/bat mitzvah preparation on this free conference call for bar/bat mitzvah teachers, tutors and program directors.

    A Very Special Kid
    Heftsi Assaf, an attention deficit disorder specialist with a great love and skill in bar/bat mitzvah tutoring, shares her inner thoughts and ways of working with a challenging student.

    Parenting Today
    Laura Davis, interfaith, lesbian mom, author of The Courage to Heal, discusses her inner-struggle over whether to bar mitzvah her son and how the wounds of growing up Jewish informed her decision.

    A Vote for Keeping the Mitzvah Project
    Synagogue mitzvah manager and tutor Claire Ginsberg Goldstein writes in to say she disagrees with last issue’s article on the value of moving the mitzvah project to the year after the bar/bat mitzvah.

    Turn-Key Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Enrichment workshops & retreats
    Proven effective, these bar/bat mitzvah experiential family education workshops from BMI, designed and tested under a grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, are ready to come to your community.

    FILM Reviews
    The Tribe – Sundance Festival film, is it really a must-watch for b’nei mitzvah educators?
    Nomi’s Bat Mitzvah – Running away on her bat mitzvah day, can parents or students relate?
    Praying with Lior –See bar mitzvah through the eyes of those preparing and living in community with a youth with Down Syndrome.

    To read go to: http://www.reclaimingjudaism.org/EMAG/emagazine.htm


The bat/bar mitzvah experience in American could really use an 'upgrade.' It is good to know that there are organizations out there trying to improve it. What about capping the expenses...and the DJ's?!

Posted by: niki at April 7, 2006 4:55 PM
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