The Moving Traditions B’nai Mitzvah program is a new model of Jewish education for students and parents that speaks directly to the psychological, spiritual, social, and developmental issues that pre-teens face as they prepare for and celebrate the rite of passage.
With a field-tested curriculum designed by rabbis, social workers, and psychologists, the program applies Moving Traditions’ unique informal education model to the social realities of sixth and seventh graders and their parents. “What does it mean to become a teen?”, “How do I navigate being the center of attention?” “What are the obligations of hosts and guests?” “How is parenting a teen different then parenting a child?” – these questions animate a program that includes interactive group games, relevant Jewish text study, critical thinking about gender norms and popular culture, and reflections on personal ethical decisions.
JumpSpark is the newest Moving Traditions partner offering this rich program to Atlanta pre-teens in Grades 6 and 7 that are preparing for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Open to the community, welcoming both affiliated and unaffiliated families.
About Moving Traditions
While a majority of Jewish teens will become b’nai mitzvah, most drop out of Jewish life soon after, leaving the Jewish community at a critical stage, just when they are figuring out who they are and how to behave in a society that often dictates narrow and unhealthy gender roles and ways of dealing with differences.
Moving Traditions connects the issues pre-teens and teens care about most—such as body image, social and academic pressure, friendship, romance, and sexuality—to enduring Jewish values, fosters positive peer-to-peer relationships through our trained educators and mentors, and inspires participants to develop an ongoing connection to Jewish community.
Unique to Moving Traditions’ B’nai Mitzvah program are 2 Family Sessions designed for pre-teens and their parents (or other guardians) to learn together, to listen to one another’s perspectives, and to enrich the meaning of the b’nai mitzvah as a lifecycle ritual. Topics include the transition from childhood to teen years, history and the purpose of b’nai mitzvah, communication, gender, and more.
The additional 4 dates tweens will meet with just their group leader and fellow group members to connect, learn, and grow together. See meeting dates for topics.