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Mishpacha B'Yachad-Family Program

 

 

B’nei Mitzvah students and their parents are expected to participate in family learning programs during the 6th and 7th grades.  These programs, led by our TBE clergy and educators, provide necessary skills for becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah, marking critical and meaningful stages along the B’nei Mitzvah journey.

 

Grade 6


There are two groups for some programs, based on bar/bat mitzvah dates:

GROUP 1: students who will become bar/bat mitzvah between September of 2012 and March of 2013
GROUP 2: students who will become bar/bat mitzvah between April of 2013 and November of 2013
  
Parents and students are encouraged to attend all of these programs:

 
BM3T Welcome & Pay it Forward Programs, Grade 6 & 7

 
Sunday, September 18, 2011, 3:00-5:30 p.m.
 
Join us for an informative session about our BM3Tprogram.  You will have the chance to meet our faculty, reconnect with friends and ask questions about the curriculum and the BM3T Shabbaton.  This will be your only opportunity to get the latest information about the Shabbaton, meet the staff and get answers to all your questions. This program will also include “Pay It Forward”, the kick-off event for the Ma’asim Tovim volunteer program. Through a variety of educational activities about the imperative of social action in Jewish life, students and their families will explore the specific interest areas in which they most want to make a difference by volunteering at TBE partner organizations.

 

From Mystery and Magic To Mitzvah and Meaning 

Group 1: Sunday, December 4, 2011 -4:30-6:00 p.m.
Group 2: Sunday, February 5, 2012-4:30-6:00 p.m.

 
Can you believe that your family’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration is just around the corner? In the midst of all the details and plans, take time to stop. Spend one Shabbat afternoon with TBE clergy and educators to discover ways to make this milestone meaningful for your family. This important program will provide you with the tools to participate fully in the Shabbat morning service, write blessings that you will share with the congregation and explore the meaning of mitzvah in this celebration and your family life through a creative and interactive program.
 
From Moses to Joshua to You...

Group 1: Sunday, January 22, 2012- 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Group 2: Sunday, May 6, 2012 -4:30-6:00 p.m.

 
Beginning with the transition from Moses to Joshua, Torah has been passed down from generation to generation. Scholars and people from all walks of life have brought new meaning to our sacred text through their interpretations. Now it’s your turn to add your voice to our tradition of Torah commentaries. This inspiring workshop will prepare your family for the beginning stages of writing the D'var Torah (Torah Teach.)

 
 
 

Grade 7


 

Parents and students are encouraged  to attend all of these programs:
 


 
BM3T Welcome Program, Grade 6 & 7
 
Sunday, September 18, 2011, 3:00-5:30 p.m.

 

Join us for an informative session about our BM3Tprogram.  You will have the chance to meet our faculty, reconnect with friends and ask questions about the curriculum and the BM3T Shabbaton.  This will be your only opportunity to get the latest information about the Shabbaton, meet the staff and get answers to all your questions.

In addition, parents and students will have the opportunity to learn more about J-Choice.org, the social network for young Jewish giving. Through its web-based presence, JChoice empowers young Jewish giving through the Jewish      tradition of tzedakah, while building Jewish community and strengthening Jewish culture. TBE’s partnership with J-Choice will provide a secure way for our community to contribute to the tikkun olam initiatives supported by TBE, including our Ma’asim Tovim partner organizations
 
Service Overview and Parent/Student Blessings

 

A meeting will be scheduled with the bar/bat mitzvah student, parents, and the rabbis.  Families will participate in a service with an overview of service structure and opportunities to ask questions.  Parents will also receive guidance and ideas for speaking to and blessing their child at the service, conveying the meaning of bar/bat mitzvah to their guests, while students will begin to prepare for the writing of their Personal Prayer.  Since this program takes place on Shabbat (Saturday) morning, families will have the opportunity to stay afterwards to participate in (and observe!) a regularly TBE-scheduled Shabbat morning worship and B’nei Mitzvah service.

Service overview and parent/student blessing meetings are scheduled through our Clergy Assistant.  You will receive a separate letter with these dates. 


 
D'var Torah Preparation 

 
Two meetings between the bar/bat mitzvah student, parents and Rabbi Saphire will be scheduled individually through the Clergy office. In their sixth grade BM3T classes, students will be learning how to study and interpret Jewish texts. The honor and mitzvah of becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah includes the opportunity to teach and to prepare a D'var Torah (word of Torah). Applying what they have learned in the Text Class and Sixth Grade Family Programs, student, parents, and Rabbi Saphire will engage in a process of study that will give the student the tools to write his/her own D'var Torah. Parents are strongly encouraged to participate, but of course, we understand if schedule conflicts arise.

 
 
Taste of Havayah: Life After Bar/Bat Mitzvah 
 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 — 7:15-8:00 p.m. or February 29, 2012 — 5:15-6:00 p.m.

 In our tradition, B’nei Mitzvah is meant to serve as the “springboard” for a future of Jewish living.  This program will focus on family, temple, and community life after bar/bat mitzvah and changing dynamics as adolescents begin the transition to adulthood.  Parents will also have an opportunity to hear about Havayah (our learning program for grades 8-12) and ask questions about continued learning after bar/bat mitzvah.  Please attend both of these programs, one at the beginning and the other at the end of the semester. 

 

 

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