Sundays 11:30-12:40pm, following the religious school calendar

We are pleased to offer an Adult B’nei Mitzvah program beginning this fall!  Taught by Rabbis Steve Folberg, Sam Rose, Rebecca Epstein, and Kerry Baker, the curriculum will take students through a deep and reflective Jewish journey in which we will explore Jewish texts, liturgy, and history and discover the meaning and importance of Judaism in our own lives.  This class is a great way to build community, and celebrate your Judaism - whether you never had the opportunity to have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, or you want to do it again from an adult perspective.  The two-year Adult B’nei Mitzvah program will culminate in a Shabbat service led by participants in May, 2018 (exact date or dates to be determined, based on number of participants).   

The Adult B’nei Mitzvah Program is open to members of Congregation Beth Israel who were born Jewish or have finalized their conversion to Judaism. Those who became bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah at age 13 are welcome to participate as well. Classes will meet on Sundays during the school year from 11:30-12:40pm, for 21 sessions following the Religious School calendar, for two years.  There will be short weekly assignments which will include the writing of personal reflections, as well as preparatory reading.  Members of the class are required to attend Shabbat morning services monthly while classes are in session.  Members must be able to read Hebrew by the beginning of year two, and will be assessed by Sarah Avner in January of that same year, in order to adequately prepare for reading Torah at the culminating service. This is a big commitment and we understand that our members’ lives are busy.  If you feel you can’t attend at least 80% of the planned classes (34 of the 42) then you might want to wait until the next cycle and focus on your Hebrew skills or a particular area of Judaic study at this time.

There is a $360 registration fee for the two-year Adult B’nei Mitzvah Program, which includes a Mishkan Tefila siddur (prayerbook), and a booklet which contains the parasha (Torah portion) for the Shabbat of the celebration.  There will be additional expenses for textbooks and for celebrations and the fee does not include the cost of Hebrew classes. The class begins Sunday, September 11th, 2016, and registration in advance of the first class is required. We aim to be inclusive of anyone regardless of financial means.  If the fee presents a financial hardship, please be in touch with Pam Hanna, Membership Director,at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to discuss payment options.  

Please register using the link below.  Please be in touch with Rabbi Rebecca Epstein, Education Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Cynthia Orr, Clergy Assistant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with any additional questions.  We look forward to embarking on this sacred journey together.