If this is your first time here, please read this welcome letter from our Rabbi and Educational Leadership Team. Welcome Letter.
Overview of B'nai Mitzvah Timeline - Click here for a list of meetings and workshops you should expect to attend at a part of this B'nai Mitzvah process.
Click here for a copy of the parent manual with all the information you need to plan your child's simcha (celebration).
Overview of B'nai Mitzvah Process
Torah - Study and Knowledge
1. Attend B'nai Mitzvah Program at JCA School.
2. Study the meaning of your Torah portion and Haftarah with your family and the Rabbi. Write a D'var Torah - click to see details about D'var Torahs.
3. Study with your tutor to prepare:
Your Torah portion and blessings
Your Haftarah portion and blessings (Shabbat mornings only)
Friday night Kiddush
Prayers for the service as recommended by the Rabbi and your tutor.
4. Read at least one book, or watch at least one movie from this list, and complete the assignment here.
Avodah - Observance
1. Attend Saturday morning services with your parents. (10 each year for 6th and 7th grade)
2. Chant appropriate Torah portion and Haftarah and their blessings.
3. Lead some prayers at your Bar/Bat Mitzvah service.
4. Write your own prayer "On Becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah" to recite before the congregation.
5. Take on a Jewish observance or practice related to each unit of study throughout the year. Complete reflection activity on each one.
6. Participate in relevant classes and field trips as part of the JCA School.
G'milut Hasadim - Acts of Loving Kindness
1.. Participate in relevant classes and field trips as part of the JCA School.
2. Work on and create your own Tikkun Olam Project (TOP) over the course of your two year program. See here for TOP guidelines. Participate in our Tikkun Olam Fair at the end of your 7th grade year, and present the results of your project to the community.