Program Details

Tawonga’s Bar, Bat & B’nai Mitzvah Program will begin for students entering 6th grade* and over the course of two years, will culminate in a unique and personalized B’nai Mitzvah service. This journey will consist 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 (either in person if safety allows, small socially distant groups or virtually).

*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 reach Meg Adler, our Program Manager, at 415.543.2267 or meg@tawonga.org if you have any questions about the grade guidelines.

I am learning that being Jewish is a lot about family and friends and being together. We don’t have to be super religious; we can just be Jewish, and I like that.Eli E., Student

 Program Includes:

This program has been adapted for the 2020-21 school year for safety during COVID-19. We are offering small, in-person and socially distanced classes for students, small “Haverim,”groups of 2-3 families who gather socially distanced to build community, and virtual parent education opportunities. In the 2021-2022 school year we will offer as many in-person opportunities as safety allows and will modify the program as necessary. 

*Year One

  • Experiential learning through outdoor education, social justice, and leadership
  • Two weekend Shabbatons to celebrate and explore the magic of Shabbat (these will either be offered in person, in small groups or virtually, depending on safety regulations)
  • Community building for youth and families
  • Exploration of spirituality, Jewish values, and prayers
  • Torah programming and learning for the family
  • 5 part parent learning series online
  • Expertly crafted curriculum and student learning materials
  • Professional and experienced teachers and staff

*Year Two

  • Mitzvah Project: community engagement or volunteering in an area of choice
  • Two weekend Shabbatons to celebrate and explore the magic of Shabbat (these will either be offered in person, in small groups or virtually, depending on safety regulations)
  • D’rash (sermon) preparation and mentorship
  • Continued prayer and Torah study and coaching
  • Creation of ideal B’nai Mitzvah service or ceremony
  • More learning, community building, and outdoor excursions
  • 5 part parent learning series online
  • Expertly crafted curriculum and student learning materials
  • Professional and experienced teachers and staff

*Specifics subject to change

My kid was reluctant about going on the weekend retreat. But, when I picked her up two days later, she barely glanced up at me, as she was having so much fun with her new friends.Michelle M., Parent

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Questions

We are here to help! For additional questions about the program, please contact Meg Adler, Program Manager, at meg@tawonga.org or 415.543.2267

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