Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program

Our Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program is designed to assist in the transition to Jewish adulthood by helping participants grapple with the reality of becoming a Jewish adult and a teenager at the same time. Through experiential activities and trips, participants explore what it means to be a responsible 21st century young Jewish adult. A sense of Jewish identity is strengthened and supported through open forum dialogue among the participants, creating a community of peers. Jewish experiences of coming-of-age are also contrasted with similar experiences in other cultures and religions, leading to a greater understanding of the wider world as well as a unique perspective on the Bar/Bat Mitzvah journey. Sessions will be led by our Director of Education and Family Programming, Daniel Silverman, with assistance from our Youth Director and outside presenters. For more information, contact Daniel Silverman at 416-781-3514 ext 231. 

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Club

We are looking for students with a Bar / Bat Mitzvah in 2015/2016 who are seeking to prepare for this experience with peers in a program suited to their needs. This program is tailored for students who have:

  • difficulty with social situations in comparison to their same-aged peers (such as children with social anxiety, gifted learning disabilities, non-verbal learning disabilities and Asperger's syndrome);
  • challenges that can be re-directed with supports;
  • an understand, appreciation or knowledge of their own interpersonal challenges.
The Bar / Bat Mitzvah Club is spearheaded by a cadre of educators, clergy and committed congregants, together with a team of skilled, highly trained experts in various fields, including group facilitators with many years of experience working with kids with special needs. 

The program will consist of nine evening sessions with dinner. A valuable and voluntary parent group will run concurrently with the children's sessions. The highly subsidized cost of the Bar / Bat Mitzvah Prep Club is $700. For more information, please contact Daniel Silverman at 416-781-3514 ext 231. 

This program has been made possible thanks to the Elizabeth Rose Herman Education Bursary of Beth Tzedec Congregation with partial funding provided by the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.