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.