Join the Jewish Conversation


Join the Jewish Conversation

These Pre-B’nai Mitzvah preparation programs are for ALL Temple Emanuel families with a child in 6th grade.

Book Presentation: Shabbat morning

The book For Kids: Putting God on the Guest List will be presented at Shabbat morning services to each 6th grade child. Each pre-B‘nai Mitzvah family receives a copy of this book which serves as a text for the B‘nai Mitzvah Seminar.

Each pre-B’nai Mitzvah family is strongly encouraged to continue or begin attending Shabbat morning services on a regular basis in our main service in the Rabbi Samuel Chiel Sanctuary. By attending services we hope each family will develop a comfort level and knowledge of the Shabbat service. Shabbat morning services begin at 9:30 am and conclude around 12 noon, followed by a congregational kiddush.

At this kiddush, our entire congregation will have the opportunity to wish you and your family Mazal Tov as all of our 6th graders begin preparations for this special time in their Jewish lives.

Join the Jewish Conversation – 4 Sessions

Parents and kids: How often do you get to talk each other about the things that really matter? Not just about exams or extracurricular activities; not just about planning, plotting and getting ahead, but about larger questions of meaning.

Who are we really? Who do we want to become?
What does being Jewish have to do with it all?

Join the Jewish Conversation will be a place to start a rich conversation:

  • between parents and children;
  • among families also anticipating the Bar/Bat Mitzvah year.
  • reinforcing the message that Bar/Bat Mitzvah is not about one day, but about the learning and deepened commitment before and after the day.

Groups of 4 to 5 families will meet together for 4 sessions, facilitated by a leader/educator. Each session will begin with a community meal for all participating families before breaking into our smaller groups for an hour of Torah and conversation. Opportunities for great conversation only happen when we make them happen; we are eager to make them happen.

Avodah (Prayer/Worship): Shabbaton!

Our first-ever all day Shabbaton just for 6th graders, parents and staff. This is about creating sacred time and space where our 6th graders experience the joy of Shabbat, make meaningful connections getting to know each other better, and just have fun connecting with one another through drama, sports, services, singing, games, and meals. We will begin to think more deeply about why become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in the first place and what success will really look like.

G’milut Hasadim: Shared Energy for Tikkun Olam!

Share dinner & a teaching about mitzvah, followed by introduction of the NEW G’milut Hasadim (Community Service) Group Mitzvah options and sign up.

We are launching a NEW vision of how we do B’nai Mitzvah mitzvah projects. The psalmist
teaches us, “the more people, the more energy.” Working together we can often accomplish more than working alone. We will mobilize shared energy, and to enable our b’nai mitzvah students to experience the power of community, we are organizing a number of group mitzvah projects that include some of the following themes:

  • Mipnei Seivah Takum
    • Respect for our Elderly: Intergenerational dialogue and relationship-building with seniors
  • Tza’ar Ba’alei Chayim
    • Concern for all Living Things: Work with Animals in Need
  • Ma’achil Re’eivim
    • Feed the Hungry: Serve at a Food Pantry
  • Bikur Cholim
    • Visiting the Sick
  • Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh BaZeh
    • All Jews are Responsible for One Another

Each B’nai Mitzvah will join a group working together on a mitzvah that is personally and communally meaningful. Working together with other B’nai Mitzvah who share their passion, our b’nai mitzvah will do more, help more, give more, get more out of mitzvah projects, and have more fun! Periodically during the year, all of the mitzvah project groups will come together to learn more about G’milut Hasadim and to share experiences with the whole grade, G’milut Hasadim B’Yachad.