The grade 7 program reflects our commitment to a substantive path towards bar/bat mitzvah.
We want our students to explore what it really means to be a member of the Jewish community, so that the coming-of-age ceremony is part of a longer journey. We give our students opportunities to explore and think for themselves, as well as the chance to learn with their families and connect with their peers. Our program also reflects our absolute commitment to equality, as both boys and girls work towards standing on the bima as b’nai mitzvah, full and equal members of our community.
Our program also takes into account the busy lives of our students. The students meet as a class at Torah School approximately twice a month. In class, they explore the history of Reform Judaism, discuss the significance of the bar/bat mitzvah ceremony and examine how this milestone will impact their lives. Three times during the year the students and their parents will participate in an on-line discussion of the book For Kids: Putting God on Your Guest List, by Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin. Five times during the school year, the b’nai mitzvah students and their families go on a field trip to a significant Jewish communal institution. Activities might include volunteering in a soup kitchen, a tour of Jewish Montreal and a visit to the Holocaust Museum. The grade 7 also includes several family education programs during the course of the year. To read more about our b’nai mitzvah program, click here.
To learn more about Temple’s Torah School, please contact, Rabbi Ellen Greenspan, our Director of Education, at 514-937-3575, ext. 210 or firstname.lastname@example.org