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TOS B'nei Mitzvah Experience (Family Programs for grades 5-7)

Below you will find a calendar for the year of the TOS B’nei Mitzvah Experience for students and families in grades 5, 6, and 7. 

Please take a minute now to mark all of these dates in your own family’s calendar, as this is an important component of your child becoming a bar or bat mitzvah at Temple Ohabei Shalom. We take this seriously and we hope you will too. Please let us know if you foresee any major conflicts.

The calendar below is color coded: 5th grade is in BLUE, 6th grade is in RED, and 7th grade is in BLACK.

We look forward to learning and celebrating with you!

Amy Deutsch, Rabbi Berkman, Rabbi Schaefer, and Shari Churwin 


TOS B'nei Mitzvah Experience Calendar

Session Time



Tuesday November 12, 2019

6:00 - 7:30 pm


7th Grade - Family Session 1 



Saturday, November 23, 2019

(at Shabbat Morning B'yachad) 


5th Grade - B'nei Mitzvah Program #1 



Tuesday December 10, 2019 

6:00 - 7:30 pm


6th Grade - Family Session 1


Friday January 10, 2020

(before Shabbat B'yachad)


6th Grade - Family Session 2  


Saturday February 8, 2020

(approximately 9 am - 1 pm)


6th Grade Family Session 3 


Tuesday February 25, 2020

6:00 - 7:30 pm



6th Grade Family session 4




Tuesday March 31, 2020

6:00 - 7:30 


7th Grade Family Session 2 


Tuesday April 14, 2019 

6:00 - 7:45 pm 


5th Grade - Family Session 2



Our programming for the 2019-2020 year is mostly part of a grant (sponsored by Moving Traditions) which encompasses an innovative new approach to b’nei mitzvah. In the 2019-2020 year we’ll be incorporating family education and pre-teen sessions that connect Jewish wisdom to the interpersonal and social elements that go along with this coming-of-age ritual. The sessions aim to help you and your pre-teen explore what it means to be a guest and a host; how to navigate peer pressure, social media, and the experience of being the center of attention; what b’nei mitzvah is all about; and other social-emotional challenges and joys associated with b’nei mitzvah. We believe that your participation in these family education programs will enrich your child’s experience—and your own—marking the b’nei mitzvah as a lifecycle tradition into “becoming a teen” that leads to personal growth and positive communal connection.





Sat, September 21 2019 21 Elul 5779