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:

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 info@bnaimitzvahrevolution.org.

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Kate Bigam

About Kate Bigam

Kate Bigam is the URJ's Social Media and Community Manager. Prior to this, she served as a Congregational Representative for the URJ's East District and at the Religious Action Center as Press Secretary and as an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant. Kate is a native of Cuyahoga Falls, OH, and currently resides in Red Bank, N.J.

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