B’nai Mitzvah program
At Or Shalom, the Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience challenges students to think for themselves, to encounter Judaism more deeply in relationship with a mentor, and to put Jewish values into action through community service and participation in Jewish practice. It's a time for parents to see their kids in a new light, for youth to take more responsibility, for the whole family to connect to their community as they embark on the adventures of the teen years ahead.
Le Dor Va Dor Family Education. During the b’nai mitzvah year, the Le Dor Va Dor (from generation to generation) program allows us to create a mini-community for families to come together as their children come of age. We volunteer, discuss Jewish issues, create lasting friendships and, of course, share the b’nai mitzvah journey.
B’nai Mitzvah Tutoring. About eight months before their 13th birthday, Or Shalom students begin to meet one-on-one weekly with tutors to learn to lead prayers and chant their Torah portions, and to write their drash -- their teaching to the community -- on the parshah, the weekly Torah reading.