B’nei Mitzvah Program

Last year, our 6th and 7th graders prepared beautiful oral history interviews of two congregants. These stories help share the history of Sha’ar Zahav’s community.

B’nei Mitzvah Program
CSZ views a b’nei mitzvah as the time when students have reached one of many milestones in their Jewish lives. It is not a “graduation.”

The B’nei Mitzvah (Children of the Commandment) year of study is designed to give the students tools they can continue using in their lives as participants in the Jewish community.

Our program pairs a student with an adult congregant who becomes a guide and mentor. They work together as a team throughout the process of learning Torah and Haftarah portions and becoming familiar with the Shabbat morning service. These mentors are the student’s ongoing support system in the time leading up to this important lifecycle event.

All students participate in the 13 Mitzvot program, and lead services with a CSZ service leader prior to their B’nei Mitzvah. On the day of their B’nei Mitzvah celebration, they help lead Shabbat services, chant from the Torah, read Haftarah, and give a drash (sermon).

Madrichim (8th to 12th Grade)
Madrichim (guides) offer an opportunity to our post-B’nei Mitzvah students to remain involved in BSPM by working in classrooms with teachers and students. They gain leadership and classroom experience while serving their Sha’ar Zahav community and becoming role models for the younger students.