A Kahal B’raira Bar/Bat Mitzvah is an exploration of what it means to be Humanistic and Jewish. You don't have to be a teenager, or even Jewish, to participate in this ritual.
- The student works with a mentor/tutor, completes an independent study and a community service project, and creates a meaningful coming of age ceremony. Adults members can also become Bar/Bat Mitzvah following the same process.
- Some ceremonies involve reading from the torah while others focus on the student's art, music, creative writing or other interests. All are wonderful – each in their own way!
- The process is integrated with KB's 6th and 7th grade Sunday School class, with the support of the teacher and the B'nai Mitzvah Coordinator.
- The congregation’s B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator, Cantor Becky Khitrik.
leads a workshop for member families to learn about the process of study and celebration of bar/bat mitzvah. Becky is available as a consultant to families throughout the process.
In one example, a KB bat mitzvah student created a calendar featuring paintings and drawings done by Palestinian and Israeli teenagers including a statement by each young artist about their lives and hopes. She sold the calendars and donated the proceeds to three relationship-building organizations – ArtsBridge, Hand in Hand Schools and Seeds of Peace.
Here's what KB families are saying after their child’s ceremony:
“My entire family was very moved by our son becoming a Bar Mitzvah. The fact that the Hebrew, the prayers, all of the rituals, incorporated tradition but had integrity of Humanistic Judaism was especially important to us.”
“My son is bi-racial, and his mother’s family is African-American and not Jewish. The theme of the service was being Black and Jewish. I was told by many that it was unforgettable.”