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Judaism Your Way Open Tent B’nai Mitzvah

YEAR 2

Choose your time commitment.

Choose your focus.

Choose your mentor.

At Judaism Your Way (JYW), we know that students have different learning styles, scheduling constraints, and needs when considering a Bar or Bat Mitzvah experience. We also know that families are really busy – our team of rabbinic mentors are part of families, too!  To help our students succeed, JYW offers three different options for how to prepare for your ceremony. We also offer different tracks to focus and prepare for your ceremony, based on how you learn best. More information on our five tracks of B’nai Mitzvah ceremony preparation can be found here. Once you have decided on a mentor option, you may click here to register.

Mentor Options

Nefesh (Soul):  8-10 months of preparation with either Caryn Aviv or Amy Atkins, and any of JYW’s B’nai Mitzvah ceremony tracks. Our most time-intensive option, the Nefesh option offers your student:

  • Two meetings each month for 45 minutes each (either in person or online), plus engaging follow-up activities to focus on between meetings.
  • All progress and learning is shared in a Google Doc you can access whenever you want.
  • Three one-hour family meetings (beginning, half-way through and right before the ceremony) to clarify expectations, track progress, and finalize ceremony details.
  • 90-minute dress rehearsal before the ceremony.
  • Customized material for a siddur (prayer book) that the family produces and reflects your family’s spiritual needs and style.
  • If your student wants to learn how to chant blessings, prayers, and/or Torah in Hebrew, we can recommend off-site Hebrew tutors. JYW rabbinic mentors check in with tutors on a regular basis to track Hebrew progress.

Investment in the Nefesh (soul) approach:  $3500 for 8-10 months of mentoring and support.

 

Lev Patuach (Open Heart): 8-10 months of preparation with any one of Judaism Your Way’s rabbinic mentors, and any of JYW’s B’nai Mitzvah ceremony tracks. Students who succeed in this option are self-directed and internally motivated, with parents who have the time to work with students on a weekly basis to support their process.

  • One meeting each month for an hour (either in person or online), plus engaging follow-up activities to focus on between meetings.
  • All progress and learning is shared in a Google Doc you can access whenever you want.
  • Three one-hour family meetings (beginning, half-way through and right before the ceremony) to clarify expectations, track progress, and finalize ceremony details.
  • 90-minute dress rehearsal before the ceremony.
  • Customized material for siddur (prayer book) that family produces and reflects your family’s spiritual needs and style.
  • If your student wants to learn how to chant blessings, prayers, and/or Torah in Hebrew, we can recommend off-site Hebrew tutors. JYW rabbinic mentors check in with tutors on a regular basis to track Hebrew progress.

Investment in the Lev Patuach (Open Heart) approach:  $2500 for 8-10 months of mentoring and support.

 

Neshama (Spirit):  6-8 months of preparation with any one of Judaism Your Way’s rabbinic mentors, focusing on one of two possible tracks in Judaism Your Way’s B’nai Mitzvah ceremony tracks:  a research project or 13 challenges.  There is no Torah service with this option. The Neshama approach offers a meaningful option for families who might need a more limited time frame, or who want to engage with Judaism in English translation and transliteration.  In the Neshama option, students learn Hebrew prayers and blessings only in English transliteration. The focus of the ceremony centers on the student’s presentation of their research project or 13 challenges. Students who succeed in this track are self-directed and internally motivated, with parents who have the time to work with students on a weekly basis to support their process.

  • One meeting each month for an hour (either in person or online), plus engaging follow-up activities to focus on between meetings.
  • All progress and learning is shared in a Google Doc you can access whenever you want.
  • Three one-hour family meetings (beginning, half-way through and right before the ceremony) to clarify expectations, track progress, and finalize ceremony details.
  • 90-minute dress rehearsal before the ceremony.
  • Customized materials for a siddur (prayer book) that the family produces and reflects your family’s spiritual needs and style.

Investment in the Neshama (Spirit) approach:  $2000 for 6-8 months of mentoring and support.

 

Please note: at this time, we do not offer Hebrew tutoring.  We have a list of Denver and Boulder tutors if your student would like to learn Hebrew for leading prayers and/or chanting from the Torah.