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Preparing for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in your Interfaith Family
Sponsor San Francisco Bay Area
Type of Event Education
Family Education
Description InterfaithFamily/Bay Area is offering a new, one of a kind class for interfaith parents who have a 4th-7th grader preparing, whether in early stages or later stages, for a bar or bat mitzvah.

Each week of the eight-session class will feature new material. You access the material on your own time during that week, read essays, hear/learn blessings, watch videos, get ideas for family activities, post in a journal, and more. You will be able to interact with other parents through discussion boards. You will have access to a facilitator so that you can ask questions as you go, and the facilitator will respond both to your journal posts and on the discussion boards. In addition, we will coordinate optional in-person meet-ups at congregations and Jewish organizations at different times and in different locations around the Bay Area so that you can meet other families in the class.

Each of the eight sessions is about a major aspect of the bar/bat mitzvah ceremony and experience. We will explore the history of the bar/bat mitzvah ceremony, the meaning of Torah, putting the "mitzvah" back in the bar/bat mitzvah, Shabbat morning and evening worship, ritual policies in synagogues, the enduring Jewish values to hold dear, and how to explain milestone and its significance to family members and friends who are not Jewish. Every aspect of this class was created with modern interfaith families in mind.

Parents will be able to login during the week and read interesting essays and/or look at slide shows that give background and literacy about the Jewish ideas involved in the session. Each session comes with "hear/read" files to help you learn how to say blessings in Hebrew, YouTube-type videos, family projects, book suggestions, personal stories written by other interfaith families who have gone through bar/bat mitzvah with their children, journaling questions, shared discussions with other parents, and more.

This is a non-judgmental, supportive, and open forum for you to learn, experience, question and share. These eight sessions have the ability to positively impact the way your interfaith family can become involved in this major life cycle event!

The class opens on on October 25, 2013 - and runs through December 13, 2013. .

You can register by clicking HERE.
Date/Dates October 25 2013 - December 13 2013
Times 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Cost $54/couple
Street Address your home/office Google Map
Location Bay Area, CA 94404 United States
Contact Information
Contact Name Rebecca Goodman
Phone Number 415.878.1998
Additional Information
Audience Couples, Families, Gay/Lesbian, Grandparents, Parents, Parents of Children in Interfaith Relationships
People who are interested in Grandparenting, Growing Up in an Interfaith Family, Parenting, Bar and Bat Mitzvah