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Bar Mitzvah, and Then What?

At the Shevet Achim training, Rabbi Daniel Brenner shares the wisdom of a Yiddish folk proverb.

By H. Glenn Rosenkrantz, for The Covenant Foundation, September 3, 2012

For the nearly 900 families belonging to Congregation Beth El in Voorhees, New Jersey, programming to engage young girls in Jewish life is pretty much the norm.

But for the boys, not so much.

That’s why the synagogue’s assistant rabbi, Noah Arnow, was in Philadelphia recently, training as a group leader for Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood, an initiative of Moving Traditions as it works to engage Jewish youth through gender-specific programming.

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