- October 18 – 20
- November 1 – 3
- February 28 – March 2
- May 2 – 4
Each weekend will run from Friday afternoon until Sunday early afternoon. All transportation and meals will be provided. All students must attend at least three full weekends in order to be eligible for Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
The goal of the program is bring all of our 6th graders together to create one community as they enter into the B’nei Mitzvah process. Each weekend will give us the opportunity to learn, pray, meet and explore the beautiful surroundings together. Please see the sample itinerary below.
2. Monthly Shabbat Exchange - As our students and families prepare for B’nei Mitzvah, it is crucial that they understand Jewish prayer so that they will be able to act as shichei tzibur – leaders of worship in the synagogue. Shabbat Exchange “exchanges” Saturdays for tradition Sunday School. Each month, our students and at least one parent/guardian learn about the liturgy with members of our clergy team, from 9:15-10:15am. Our families are then encouraged to attend our 10:30am Shabbat Morning service, so they may become comfortable with our style of worship here at Emanu-El.
3. Weekly Weekday Hebrew - By the end of the 6th grade, we expect all students to be proficient in leading the prayers of Barchu, Shema, Veahavta, Avot, Gevurot, Friday evening and Shabbat morning Kiddush and the Torah and Haftarah blessings. Around one year before b’nei mitzvah, our students are invited to participate in the eight-week Brachot Ulpan class, which reviews the B’nei Mitzvah prayers and blessings. If you feel as though your child is proficient in these prayers, please contact our Student Services Coordinator, Flora Kupferman at 415-751-2541 x304 to schedule an assessment regarding testing out of the Weekday Torah and/or Brachot Ulpan programs. Otherwise, please register for Weekday Hebrew, offered at various times and locations throughout the week.
In all, we look forward to welcoming your family to the Emanu-El community through the bnai mitzvah process. Post b'nei mitzvah, we invite our 8th-12th grade students to continue with our popular Emanu-El Fellowship Program for teens. 8th grade students are also invited to participate in our madrichim teacher training program and to serve as teen teachers in the Youth and Family Education Program from 9th-12th grade. By the time our students reach confirmation, we hope that they will have built friendships and enduring relationships which will last far beyond childhood and adolescence. Feel free to contact me or our Director of Youth Education, Heather Erez at your convenience.
Rabbi Jonathan (Yoni) Jaffe
Sample Shabbat Weekend Schedule
Arrive around 5pm
Program slot 1 8pm
Program slot 2
Activities (pool, hike, climbing tower, zipline, etc)
Program slot 3
Program slot 4
Program slot 5
Pack and go home