Information for Brandeis Families

We are proud to count many Brandeis School of San Francisco and Brandeis Marin students as members of our congregation. We recognize that the Jewish Studies curricula at both of the schools overlap with much of the material taught here at Congregation Emanu-El. At the same time, we want give our Brandeis students the opportunity to make connections with their Emanu-El peers and to become acquainted with our community as they prepare for their B’nei Mitzvah celebrations. Therefore, the following policy is promulgated by the Youth and Family Education Program:

All families hoping to hold a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Congregation Emanu-El must be members in good standing for at least two years prior to the B’nei Mitzvah. Around each child’s 10th birthday, all families are contacted and asked to meet and reserve a B’nei Mitzvah date. This cannot happen if the family is not a member of the congregation. Therefore we require Brandeis students hoping to celebrate their B’nei Mitzvah at Emanu-El in the 7th grade to be members of the congregation by the beginning of 6th grade.

Beginning in the 6th grade, we ask all BHDS students to fully enroll in our 6th Grade program. 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.

Visit our 6th Grade Shabbaton page to learn more about the program and current dates.

In all, we look forward to welcoming your family to the Emanu-El community through the B’nei 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, Flora Kupferman, at your convenience.

Rabbi Carla Fenves