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J2A: Journey to Adulthood

Congregation Shearith Israel’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Series for Parents and Students


The Journey to Adulthood (J2A) program is our Bar/Bat Mitzvah program for students and their parent(s) alike. Over the course of a year, parents and children will learn together and delve deeper into the meaning and practice of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  They will meet periodically throughout the year on Sundays from 11am - 12pm for an interactive discussion to build community and learn as we journey together through this special stage of your lives as families. Read about each workshop session here.  

Please note: The April 19, 2020 session will be rescheduled. Stay tuned for details.  


For Congregation Shearith Israel’s B’nai Mitzvah Handbook, click here.


J2A Session Titles: 

  • Introduction – A Bar/Bat Mitzvah at Congregation Shearith Israel
  • It’s not about the Kugel: Looking deeper into the meaning and practice of Bar/Bat Mitzvah
  • Developing a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Action Plan: Insights on Reclaiming the Bar/Bat Mitzvah 
  • Torah, Musaf, Shacharit, Prophets: What is this all about?  The Structure of the Shabbat Morning Service
  • Mitzvah Projects:  Hands-on Ways to Perform the Commandments
  • How to Write a D'Var Torah: Don't Get Chopped! 
  • Jewish Values: Developing a Moral Code
  • Jewish Life After the Thank You Notes
Fri, June 5 2020 13 Sivan 5780