“Becoming a (wo)man”

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“Becoming a (wo)man”
 
B’nai Mitzvah celebrations are the recognition and marking of a Jewish child reaching the age of maturity and being embraced by the Jewish community as a young adult. Becoming a bar or bat mitzvah means the youth are expected to respond to the challenge of the mitzvot (commandments) and be an active participant in the Community.
 
 
At Congregation Beth Israel, Ba’alat T’fillah Debby Fenson has seen the challenge of engaging students with the incredibly busy schedules common among youth today. Starting about six years ago with the arrival of Rabbi Infeld,Debby has helped to create a new Bar and Bat Mitzvah group program that is more community focused with family sessions being held at different times during Shabbat in order to give everyone the opportunity to experience different Shabbat services and observances. The new program is oriented towards experiential learning and making the students feel at home and comfortable in the Beth Israel community in order to get them more actively engaged in their learning, and hopefully develop a stronger connection with Jewish peers and community from a young age.