Young Jews “become” bar and bat mitzvah at ages thirteen and twelve respectively. How individuals, families and communities “have” a b’nai mitzvah and mark this rite of passage has varied through place and time. This course will offer a framework for assessing student and family needs and suggest accommodations, modifications and options which can be implemented in synagogues in all denominational settings, and that are based on the individual learner’s interests, passions, strengths and areas of challenge. The course will also explore a number of creative “do it yourself” options.
At the conclusion of each course, participants will be able to:
- Articulate the difference between “becoming” and “having” a bar or bat mitzvah and trace the historical development of both
- Identify and implement assessment strategies to better understand the unique capabilities and needs of b’nai mitzvah students
- Explore different teaching strategies to accommodate the needs of diverse learners
- Develop and describe possible accommodations and modifications for b’nai mitzvah students preparing to celebrate in diverse environments.