Bnei Mitzvah

Bnei Mitzvah is back! And this time it’s face to face!

We are very excited to announce that face to face Bnei Mitzvah is back, nearly two years after the last in person course!

This year’s class will be held on Monday evenings in Newbury Park. It will be easily accessible to anyone who lives in Essex or East London. The building is completely wheelchair accessible.

About Bat Mitzvah:

Bar/Bat Mitzvah is the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony, which usually takes place when a child is 13 but can be done at any age. It involves studying Jewish history and theology, learning to read Hebrew, taking part in research and discussions, writing your own response to a biblical text; and ends in a ceremony at synagogue, with family and friends coming together to celebrate your learning.
Who is this for?
This is a course for adults who did not have a bar/bat mitzvah, didn’t like theirs, or did it in the wrong name/gender. This is your chance to explore Judaism on your terms, with no preconditions about beliefs, background or practice. If you are worried you are not Jewish enough or not radical enough, this course is exactly right for you. You should live in the UK and be over 18 to join.

What is the course?

Through this course, you will explore Judaism, including festivals, rituals, texts and history. You will learn to read from the Torah and talk about it. We will look at Judaism through a radical lens, exploring what it means for workers, women, queers, black people and revolutionaries. At the end, we will have a coming-of-age ceremony for all participants, where you will read from the Torah, give a sermon and celebrate all that you have learned.

Logistics

The ceremony at the end will be in a synagogue, with a real Torah scroll. We will choose the date and location together based on where participants are based and what government guidelines are around Coronavirus at the time. Previous year groups have informally organised to celebrate shabbat and festivals in their homes and in outdoor spaces, so we hope there will be opportunities for in-person socialising too.

Previous students say:

“The Bnei Mitzvah course has been a wonderful experience – Lev is an inspirational teacher. I have gained a lot of insight into Jewish religious traditions, culture and history, as well as the basics of Hebrew, with a format set up to encourage interaction between us.”

“This was the best adult education experience I have ever had. The Bat Mitzvah class has been massively important to my developing Jewish identity and practice and I am so glad to have had the opportunity to take it. Lev is an amazing teacher. He is great at encouraging us to engage with the content in our own many different ways. He’s also hugely knowledgeable and great at conveying his knowledge in a really interesting way. He has also done a fantastic job of creating a respectful and supportive environment in the class.”

“Thank you so much Lev for the love, time, patience and dedication you’ve given to us all – you’ve created such a special, comforting space and I’m not ready for it to end. I can’t thank you enough ♥️”

“It was a brilliant course – Lev’s teaching and the friendly and supportive atmosphere amongst students!”

“It’s just an incredibly well run, well taught course – inclusive and open.”

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