Bar & Bat Mitzvah Center

29 May 2019

Dear KI B’nei Mitzvah Families,

We are so excited to be celebrating with you in the coming months! There will be many forms of learning and preparation along the way, and we are looking forward to accompanying you on that journey. KI’s Rabbinic and Administrative teams are here to work alongside your family as you go through the b’nei mitzvah process.

Seven years ago, KI created a b’nei mitzvah seminar, which you will have the chance to participate in this year, as you prepare for an upcoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah between June 2020-August 2021. Some of you may be thinking, “Gosh, this seems early! Our child’s simcha isn’t for a long time yet.” Indeed! While in the past, the b’nei mitzvah seminar has coincided with the year of celebration, in order to promote better attendance and to ensure the seminar feels relevant to students no matter when their simcha falls in the calendar year, the seminar will take place during the year prior to the
students becoming b’nei mitzvah.

Our focus for the seminar is on discerning values, building relationships, and grounding Jewish practice as our b’nei mitzvah become adult members of our community and of the world as a whole. Beginning this fall, parents and children associated with this year’s cohort will be invited to an individualized meeting with members of the clergy to better get to know you and your desires about this process. Then, during the course of this preparatory year, students and their parents will join together for monthly sessions of learning and community building. You’ll learn more about the whole program at our first meeting: Sunday, November 3rd from 3:00-4:30pm (designed for both parents AND students), and in the meantime, the enclosed timeline is meant as a helpful reference in your planning process.

Please let us know ASAP if these times/dates don’t work for you, as it is our intention that all students celebrating a bar/bat mitzvah between June 2020-August 2021 will participate fully in this seminar. We recognize that your children have many competing commitments, and we appreciate you prioritizing their Jewish formation by ensuring regular attendance at these sessions. We’ll send a more detailed version of our schedule as we get closer to the Fall, but for now, please mark your calendars:

Sunday, 11/3/2019 3:00-4:30pm – Introductory Session
Sunday, 12/15/2019 3:00-4:30pm – Chanukah Learning
Monday, 1/20/2020 Time TBD – Community Service Project in honor of MLK Jr. Day
Saturday, 2/1/2020 5:30-7:00pm – Havdallah Program & Tu B’Shvat Learning
Sunday, 3/8/2020 8:00-10:15am – Tefillah/Tefillin Workshop & Purim Learning
Sunday, 3/29/2020 Time TBD – Pesach Learning & Community Service Project with International Good Deeds Day
Sunday, 4/26/2020 3:00-4:30pm – Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut Learning
Thursday, 5/28/2020 Exact Time TBD – Seminar Siyyum at Community Tikkun Leil Shavuot

We will look forward to seeing you there!


Rabbi William Hamilton, Senior Rabbi and Mara D’Atra

Rabbi Elizabeth Bonney-Cohen, Assistant Rabbi and Director of Outreach & Innovation

Paula Silver, Director of Administration

Demetra Orfanos, Office Administrator

Lara Chicofsky, Office Administrator