Our Kavannah (Intention)
B’nai Mitzvah is an ancient rite of passage. At JCA, we seek to provide a vibrant and multi-dimensional experience for Jewish adolescents that requires them to do more than go through the motions. It requires them to engage with themselves, Torah, community, and the world in a way that transforms them. Parents are involved in every step of this process and are also counseled on ways they can support their children before, during and after this momentous rite of passage. We employ diverse program elements such as text study, outdoor education, arts, research, discussion, writing, public speaking, and field trips. Our hope is that this two-year program helps our students to step into their Jewish adulthood with a sense of purpose, agency and joy.
We believe that Judaism provides a path for
becoming – personal growth and fulfillment as an individual
belonging – in sacred community, starting with one’s family and expanding to other communities, and
behaving – via sacred routines, as well as hands-on work to repair the world
Through the celebration of rituals, study of our sacred texts, and connections to the Jewish community, we have the opportunity to discover – individually and in collaboration with others – meaning and purpose
Students are required to have at least 75% attendance at our Saturday morning and Wednesday afternoon program. Throughout the year, students will engage in study of Jewish values and how they relate to the world the students experience around them. They will participate in a year-long ChangeMakers mitzvah project, and engage with the greater JCA community in new and important ways.
We honor differences in learning styles and capabilities by structuring our programs to be conducive to learning differences. We work directly with families and individuals to create learning plans that meet the needs of both the learner and the JCA. Periodic workshops provide resources for raising and educating people of varying abilities and backgrounds.
If you would like to discuss alternative paths towards becoming B’nai Mitzvah, please contact us. We would be more than happy to work with you to make this important experience accessible and joyful for your family.