Darchei Mitzvah

Welcome to the seventh grade Darchei Mitzvah program at Judea Reform Congregation. Darchei Mitzvah introduces B’nai Mitzvah students to the gifts and obligations of being a Jewish adult. This innovative program for our current B’nai Mitzvah students meets on Saturday mornings at the synagogue, and it is intended to actively engage our young adults in many aspects of Jewish learning including Torah, ethics, theology, history, social justice, and our Jewish identities.

Our Darchei Mitzvah program has three parts that weave throughout the school year:

  • classroom learning, during which we will explore several themes through seminar discussions and expressive projects;
  • worship experiences, during which we will worship in several different ways, including celebrating with classmates at Bar and Bat Mitzvah events, praying with our wider community at general congregational worship services, and exploring liturgy and prayer leadership in more depth at our own learning services; and
  • facilitated field work that is integrated into the content and activities in the classroom.

Class lasts about 1 hour and 45 minutes, and students are required to stay for the Shabbat service that follows. We usually take a short break during the class portion of our Saturday mornings to enable students to get a snack and socialize. Each student should bring his or her own snack.

Because of the variety of Saturday services, class times and pick up times will change from week to week, as will the recommendations on what to wear. Usually, students will dress for formal synagogue worship, meaning covered shoulders, knee-length skirts, no shorts or flip-flops.

Click here to register your child for Darchei Mitzvah, by completing the Religious School Registration form.

Click here to apply for a scholarship, based on need.

Click here for a printable version of our 2016-17 Darchei Mitzvah Calendar.

Darchei Mitzvah Calendar for 2016-2017

 

Date Time Pickup Type of Service
Sep 10 9 am 11:45 AM 7th Grade Learners' Service
Sep 17 3 pm See Invite 5 pm Bar Mitzvah Service
Sep 24  No  Class So We Can Attend NC Pride Parade
Oct 1 9 pm Noon Mask Project
Oct 8 9 am 11:45 am 7th Grade Learners' Service
Oct 15  9 am  11:45 am 7th Grade Learners' Service
Oct 22 9 am 1:00 PM Congregational Shabbat Morning Service
Oct 29 9 am TBA Possible Field Trip
Nov 5 9 am 11:45 am 7th Grade Learners' Service
Nov 12 No Class No Service
Nov 19  3 pm  See Invite 5 pm Bar Mitzvah Service
Nov 26 No Class No Service
Dec 3  9 am  See Invite 11 am Bat Mitzvah Service
Dec 10  9 am  1 pm Congregational Shabbat Morning Worship
Dec 17  9 am  See Invite 11 am Bar Mitzvah Service
Dec 24  No Class  No Service
Dec 31 No Class No Service
Jan 7 9 am 11:45 am  7th Grade Learning Service
Jan 14 9 am TBA Service Project
Jan 21 3 pm See Invite 5 pm Bat Mitzvah Service
Jan 28 9 am See Invite 11 am Bat Mitzvah Service
Feb 4 9 am See Invite 11 am Bar Mitzvah Service
Feb 11 9 am 11:45 am 7th Grade Learners' Service
Feb 18 9 am See Invite 11 am Bat Mitzvah Service
Feb 25 9 am TBA Possible Field Trip
Mar 4 No Class

11 am & 5 pm B'nai Mitzvah Services

Mar 11 9 am See Invite 11 am Bat Mitzvah Service
Mar 18  9 am  1 pm Congregational Shabbat Morning Service
Mar 25 No Class No Service
Apr 1 9 am See Invite 11 am Bat Mitzvah Service
Apr 8 No Class 11 am & 5 pm B'nai Mitzvah Services
Apr 15  No  Class No Service
Apr 22  9 am  1 pm Congregational Shabbat Morning Service
Apr 29 No Class 11 am & 5 pm B'nai Mitzvah Services
May 6 No Class 11 am & 5 pm B'nai Mitzvah Services
May 13 9 am 1 pm Congregational Shabbat Morning Service
May 20 9 am   See Invite 11 am Bat Mitzvah Service
May 27 No Class 11 am & 5 pm B'nai Mitzvah Services
Jun 3 No Class 11 am & 5 pm B'nai Mitzvah Services
Jun 10 No Class 11 am Bat Mitzvah Service

 

Note: There are several Bat/Bar Mitzvah celebrations that occur before the scope of this calendar. Please plan to attend these also:

Ben Rimon
11 am, August 27, 2016

Kaplan
5 pm, September 3, 2016

   

Please check back for the B'nai Mitzvah dates that occur after the 2016-17 school year ends.

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