“Is the contemporary bar/bat mitzvah model broken? What role do these celebrations play in the everyday lives of young Jews, and are they working for or against the Jewish community? These questions, and more, were debated on the anniversary episode of The Jewish Channel’s The Salon, only this time the conversation took place in front of a live audience at the JCC in Manhattan.”
Whether or not your children or students are dyslexic, this post on the Yale site has valuable insights and ideas for our youth’s journey to becoming a bar or bat mitzvah.
Here’s some of what you’ll find in the full post on the link below:
“The lesson of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, for any child, is to succeed at something you work hard at…The Bar Mitzvah is an opportunity to stand up in front of the community, feel acceptance and a sense of accomplishment. That success translates into other areas of life, including schoolwork and sports.
“’Everyone learns very differently, some children have beautiful singing voices, some don’t. Some kids find Hebrew very difficult, others find it easy,’”….
In addition to sharing ideas and impact from The Jewish Futures Conference: Whose Torah Is It Anyway?, Rivka writes:
“This project was one way that I encouraged my students to dig deeper into the text. I have discussed the success of this particular project with my school administrators and colleagues and we are excited about the prospect of incorporating modern techniques in teacher traditional topics. What methods are you using in your classes?”
“Destination bar and bat mitzvahs take Jewish ceremonies to exotic locations—far from the synagogue back home”
Rebekah knows the Ten Commandments by heart. She can recite the months of the Jewish calendar in order and can explain the laws of kashrut verbatim. She became a Bat Mitzvah and celebrated her Confirmation, yet she remains lost and frustrated with Judaism, pondering what any of this has to do with her life. Now meet Sarah. Sarah bonded with the Israeli soldier on her Birthright bus and danced with Miriam and her timbrels at NFTY conventions, but wonders: where does this song come from? What is the foundation on which these rituals are built? Unfortunately, the vast majority of the Rebekahs and the Sarahs of the Jewish world have yet to meet. Will the lover of Judaism ever interact with the knower of Judaism? In Jewish education, educational leaders must create a synthesis of Rebekah’s knowledge of the canon and Sarah’s Jewish attachment.
Unless Rebekah finds meaning and experiences passion for Judaism and Sarah finds knowledge and articulates where all of these practices come from, we will be doomed to Jewish communities filled with cheerleaders or robots.