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Students in Nafshenu’s Hadracha program are taught that Jewish life can and should be bold, courageous, and transformative. B’nai Mitzvah is an important part of this journey and an affirmation of Jewish identity. Our students become B’nai Mitzvah in our community during our Shabbat morning services and as a community, we celebrate with them as they begin adult Jewish life.
The training for B’nai Mitzvah includes:

  • a comprehensive study of their Torah portion, including rabbinic commentaries and application to modern Jewish life, leading to writing of a D’var Torah (words of teaching);

  • engagement in meaningful social justice work;

  • active participation in our prayer experience;

  • preparation of Torah and Haftarah portions for the B’nai Mitzvah, including the learning of trope (aka cantillation)