Just Announced: Our 14 B’nai Mitzvah Pilot Congregations
The B’nai Mitzvah Revolution is here! This major new initiative is one of several strategies the Reform Movement is launching to address critical concerns about why so many teens leave congregational life after their b’nai mitzvah, and, too often, take their parents out the door with them.
We’re thrilled to announce the 14 Reform congregations across North America that were selected to participate in an innovative pilot program to more fully engage families, institute new methods of teaching and keep teens and their families engaged in their communities. With seed funding from the B’nai Mitzvah Revolution, a joint initiative of the URJ and HUC-JIR, these congregations will pave the way for creating a community in which b’nai mitzvah are not seen as a graduation party.
Teams of lay and professional leaders from each of the pilot congregations will meet in November at the Pearlstone Conference Center in Reistertown, MD, for an intensive seminar where they will explore revolutionary approaches to b’nai mitzvah observance and preparation, as well as more effective models for learning Hebrew, kavannah (intentionality) in prayer, and other related curricular areas. The pilot program will last approximately two years and will conclude with a conference to share ideas and successes with a wider audience.
The following congregations have been selected to participate in the pilot program:
- Temple Shalom (Dallas, TX)
- North Shore Congregation Israel (Glencoe, IL)
- Temple Brith Achim (King of Prussia, PA)
- Congregation Har HaShem (Boulder, CO)
- Temple Isaiah (Los Angeles, CA)
- Anche Chesed Fairmount Temple (Beachwood, OH)
- Temple Beth El of South Orange County (Aliso Viejo, CA)
- Temple Beth Elohim (Wellesley Hills, MA)
- Temple Israel (Columbus, OH)
- Temple Isaiah (Lafayette, CA)
- Temple Sholom (Scotch Plains, NJ)
- Temple Beth-El (Hillsborough, NJ)
- Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel (Elkins Park, PA)
- Stephen S. Wise Temple (Los Angeles, CA)
There will be future opportunities for additional congregations to participate in a second pilot program in the coming year. For more information visit www.urj.org/bnaimitzvah or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.