InterfaithFamily is offering a new, one of a kind class for interfaith parents who have a 4th-7th grade preparing, whether in early stages or later stages, for a bar or bat mitzvah.
Preparing for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in Your Interfaith Family is an eight session class. Each week of the class the material for a new session will be added. You access the material on your own time during that week, read essays (print them for later), 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, two of the eight sessions include an in-person program for the whole family - a Friday night Shabbat dinner and experience, and a wrap-up and next-steps send-off.
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, and the enduring Jewish values to hold dear and how to explain this 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 log on 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 October 15th and runs through December 14th. The two in-person sessions are: Friday, November 9th for a late afternoon family Shabbat dinner and experience; and Sunday, December 9th for an afternoon family event.
Registration is $75/couple. You can register online through October 22nd.
For more information, contact Rabbi Ari Moffic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also download the flyer for the class here.