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Bar & Bat Mitzvah Program

Registration for fall 2018 bar & bat mitzvah students is now open! Sign up here.

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We feel very grateful for Tawonga’s non-traditional approach to the b’nai mitzvah experience for our son, which is giving him an opportunity to develop a Jewish identity and to connect with other Jewish kids. – Laura Clarkson, parent

Program Overview

Tawonga’s Bar & Bat Mitzvah Program launched in 2016 as an innovative approach to the B’nai Mitzvah experience, providing youth the opportunity to come of age in a Tawonga-style program. By incorporating nature, community building, social justice, and experiential Jewish learning into our program, we ensure this important milestone is individualized and accessible for each and every child. Camp Tawonga has served as a leader in Jewish camping for a near century with a proven track record in facilitating character development and positive self-growth in children and teens, and we are thrilled to apply this holistic approach to B’nai Mitzvah study for our community.

Children matriculating through the program will

  • Engage in individualized and meaningful B’nai Mitzvah study
  • Develop and connect to their Jewish identity
  • Feel a part of the Tawonga family
  • Explore nature
  • Build self-esteem
  • Feel motivated to give back to their communities
  • Be inspired to continue exploring Jewish values in their daily lives

This two-year program begins for students entering 6th grade* and culminates in a unique and personalized B’nai Mitzvah service. The experience consists of thought-provoking discussions about topics relating to teens, engaging activities, and outdoor adventures led by trained and experienced Tawonga staff and song leaders. Families will also have the chance to participate in community events and learning opportunities.

*This program is geared towards 6th graders, so that by the time participants have completed this two-year program, the majority of them have turned 13. Please call our Program Coordinator at (415) 543-2267 if you have any questions about the grade guidelines.


One-Page Overview

Here’s a one page overview outlining Tawonga’s Bar & Bat Mitzvah Program. Feel free to forward to a friend who might be interested in the program!


For additional questions about the program, please contact Anna Akullian, Program Coordinator, at [email protected] or 415.543.2267.

Program Funders

Camp Tawonga is grateful to the supporters of our Bar & Bat Mitzvah Program:




The Newton and Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust
The Leslie Family Foundation