"Five years is the age for the study of Scripture. Ten, for the study of Mishnah. Thirteen, for the obligation to observe the mitzvot." (Pirkei Avot 5:22)
Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a big deal and here in THE TENT we want to make this milestone as meaningful and rich as possible. The first big step is choosing a Torah portion and date for your celebration. In 5th grade Rabbi David will reach out to your family to make that exciting choice.
In addition, students will begin learning, one-on-one with Rabbi David, for their celebration about six to nine months prior to their chosen date. What goes into preparation is different for each child. Some will learn to read Torah; some will chant Haftarah; some will lead services; some will deliver a teaching on their Torah portion and some will do all of the above.
Others will truly make the celebration their own and do something completely unique. It's up to you!
While there are no fees associated with celebrating your Bar/Bat Mitzvah in THE TENT, we do ask that each family compensate Rabbi David for his time and effort in tutoring your child. Those arrangements will be made directly between your family and Rabbi David.
In 5th through 8th grades, at the Legacy Learning Lab, students are called Nachshonim. According to a rabbinic midrash (interpretive story) Nachshon was the first Israelite to enter the Sea of Reeds as the Israelites were escaping slavery in Egypt. It was his bravery and faith that helped save the Jews.
Our Bar/Bat Mitzvah students develop that same faith and spiritual bravery as they live and learn Judaism and create their own Learning Legacy. B'nei Mitzvah (plural of Bar/Bat Mitzvah) will take part in our Legacy Learning Lab's Nachshonim program in 6th through 8th grades. The Nachshonim program is less about preparing a child to "perform" at their celebration and more about helping them feel connected to their faith and laying the groundwork for lifelong learning. That's why our program extends well beyond most children's bar or bat mitzvah celebration in 7th grade.
Learning in Nachshonim includes weekday Kehillah sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30pm-6:30pm, Kiddush Club on the second and fourth Saturday mornings of each month from 10:30am-12:30pm, Chavruta learning with Rabbi David, Mitzvah Mission and our family Shabbaton!
On the second and fourth Saturday mornings of each month our 5th through 8th graders and their families learn, pray and eat together with our community at our Kiddush club from 10:30am-12:30pm.
Each week will give the students and their families an opportunity to participate in and lead a Shabbat morning service and celebration and learn about parshat hashavua (the Torah portion of the week.)
Chavruta means "friendship" or "partnership" and is a traditional approach to Jewish study in which a pair of learners analyze, discuss and debate a shared text.
At the LEGACY LEARNING LAB, chavruta is an opportunity for students to learn in partnership with their Madrichim (learning guides). It also gives an opportunity for our Madrichim (learning guides) to offer support and a chance to have a spiritual check-in with every child.
Click above to view our Mitzvah Mission
A core component of our pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah program is our Mitzvah Mission. Each student in 7th grade, and their family, participates in 13 mitzvot - one each month and one throughout the year. This Mitzvah Mission will take them (virtually) to 13 different cities in Israel and into our sacred texts to explore, in depth, a mitzvah associated with each city. Students will focus on enduring understandings for each mitzvah, learn key Hebrew vocabulary words, and come to demonstrate a deep understanding of and appreciation for how mitzvot can enrich their lives and the world around them.
Unique to our Nachshonim program at the Legacy Learning Lab is our shabbaton (Friday-Saturday Shabbat retreats). All of our Nachshonim families participate in one shabbaton each year at which we experience Shabbat in all of its joy.