The Bnei Mitzvah Program
While we wait to assess the possibility of sharing actual venue spaces for our programs, we are looking into starting the program with online learning in the fall. Please write at firstname.lastname@example.org to us for more information.
Our next b’nei mitzvah program will begin in the autumn of 2020, when we will welcome a small cohort of candidates.
Our program usually consists of a year-long series of classes, excursions and socializing that usually precedes the young person becoming a bar or bat mitzvah with Shir Libeynu. You can expect: a learning enrichment program that will include a series of workshops and sessions with the youngsters, as well as their families; social opportunities for families at oneg Shabbat, a tour of Jewish Toronto and other excursions; a Tikkun Olam project, and more.
Generally, the classes and sessions run mainly on Sunday mornings, at a central location. The cost for last year’s learning enrichment program was $800 ($825 by PayPal).
Families who wish their children to become a bar or bat mitzvah with Shir Libeynu must enroll them in this program well in advance of the ceremony. Families usually proceed to the simcha part of the bar/bat mitzvah process after this program, but it is not a requirement. For more detailed information on what you can expect from our entire program, including the paramaters and details of the ceremony led by our spiritual leader at Shir Libeynu, click here.
Our administrator, Natalie Wallach, can help you with any questions about the enrichment sessions and also walk you through the steps necessary to booking and planning a bar/bat mitzvah simcha with the shul.
Our B’nei Mitzvah learning enrichment teacher is Elise Eisenkraft Klein, who graduated from McGill with a degree in Jewish history and Women & Gender studies, and is now in the Master of Teaching program at OISE (U of T). She previously worked as a teacher at a progressive Jewish Sunday school, and one-on-one with children of many backgrounds and learning styles. Elise has been involved in Klezmer music scenes and Jewish cultural and artistic communities for many years, including at the annual Klezkanada retreat. As a member of the Jewstice League Klezmer Ensemble, she has performed at Shir Libeynu functions and other gigs in Toronto and Montreal. Elise has attended our shul with her family for more than 18 years, where she has volunteered with our children’s programs and as a violin accompanist to the choir and chazzan.
Rabbi Aviva Goldberg has played a major role in the curriculum of the Bnei Mitzvah program.
The venue for this program has been the Dragon Academy, an independent school serving children in Grades 4-12.