Moving Traditions is currently conducting research for, developing, and pilot testing a new program for bar and bat mitzvah students and their families. The curriculum—designed by rabbis, social workers, and psychologists—is being piloted in partnership with educators, cantors and rabbis in select Jewish institutions in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.
The curriculum applies Moving Traditions’ unique informal education model to the social realities of sixth and seventh graders and their parents. “What does it mean to become a teen?”, “How is parenting a teen different then parenting a child?” – these questions animate a curriculum that includes interactive group games, debates on popular culture, study of accessible Jewish texts, critical thinking about gender codes, and reflections on personal ethical decisions. The topics are varied, and include: navigating friendships (inclusion and exclusion), self-expression (dress codes and social norms for b’nai mitzvah ceremonies and parties, etc.), guest-host relations, and parent-child expectations.
Moving Traditions is currently evaluating the program and expanding the program with a limited set of partners for the 2018-19 academic year. If you are connected to a Jewish institution and are interested in bringing the new B’nai Mitzvah program to your community, please press the button below.