Family Education Program- Resources

The Jacksonville Jewish Center believes that the preparation for, and celebration of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a family experience. It is a time when the family comes of age. There are many avenues to which this family process can be enhanced. Families should attend services together as often as possible. As dugma’ot (role models), parents can attend Adult Education classes, Hebrew classes, or Learner’s services to show that education continues far beyond the day when you become Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Parents can also create their own personal tefillah (prayer) goals. In turn, we have recently launched a brand-new Family B’nei Mitzvah Education Program, allowing and encouraging children and parents to learn together in preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvah and find their own unique meaning in this significant milestone. We will explore such issues as the transitional process from being a child to becoming an adult, the meaning of Jewish responsibility, the celebration from a Jewish perspective, the changing role of parents in the lives of teenagers, and the challenges of growing up as a Jew in the 21st century. This program meets monthly and is meant for fifth and sixth graders and their families.

2016-2017 Family Education Series Dates:


Intro Class: Defining Bar/Bat Mitzvah/Mitzvot/Family Engagement

Sunday September 18, 9:30am

Ritual Objects/World Wide Wrap-

   Sunday February 5,  8:30am
Pick 3:

Torah Talk – run a few times over the year

Parsha- analyze group text  – Saturday night  October  1, 15 December 10

Parsha – Sunday mornings  9:30am –  November 13, January 22

Navigating a Siddur- run a few times over the year


 Saturday December 17 11am  or Sunday  February 26 11am

*Skeleton service- what’s in a service? Service outline

November 19- KADIMA CONVENTION (PARENT CLASS) 11AM, January 7 11AM


Sunday, October 30 9:30am  or Sunday, March 19 9:30AM

*End of year Friday night celebration- kids take over

March 25, 2017

APRIL 21, 2017

We will have the ability to tackle some key issues that families face during Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation. The following are handouts from our most recent Family ed programs:

Celebrating Jewishly- Taught by Hazzan Holzer, 6th graders and their families

Origins of Bar/Bat Mitzvah- Taught by Hazzan Holzer, 5th graders and their families

Commandness and Conservative Judaism- Taught by Dr. Mitzmacher- 6th graders and their families

Defining Responsibility- Taught by Rabbi Lubliner- 6th graders and their families


Additional Resources

Aliyah to the Torah (pdf)

Aliyah to Torah (mp3)

How to Hagbah!


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