Kahal Chaverim has a thriving B’Nai Mitzvah program that builds upon our students’ Sunday School education and culminates in a Bar or Bat Mitzvah that is meaningful to them and their family. Our pre-Mitzvah class, which is led by our ceremonial leader, prepares our students for their B’Nai Mitzvah after they have demonstrated that they have achieved certain competencies consistent with our Humanistic Jewish values and that reflect the high standards we use to define “responsible young adult” in our community. The requirements include guided exercises in ethical problem-solving, a significant social action project, a research project related to Humanistic Judaism, and a gratitude essay. The B’nai Mitzvah students articulate their values and present to the younger children in the Sunday School. They also write and lead a class Shabbat or Havdalah service.
Research projects completed by Kahal Chaverim youth have included such topics as:
- A study of Rabbi Sherwin Wine, founder of Humanistic Judaism
- Interfaith families
- Non-Jews responsible for saving the lives of Jews during the Holocaust
Examples of B’Nai Mitzvah Social Action projects are included on our Social Action page.