The JCS b’nei-mitzvah program is a unique and meaningful experience for young adults and their families. Candidates work very hard for two years to earn the privilege of becoming b’nei-mitzvah. In addition to regular Sunday school studies, they prepare four major presentations based on community, historical, cultural, and personal topics. These are presented at class meetings outside of regular class time. Students are also required to perform a minimum of 30 hours of community service, preferably for projects at which they can see visible results of their endeavors.
Individual and group b’nei-mitzvah ceremonies are open to the membership. They include talks by b’nei-mitzvah students, participation by the parents and community members, and lots of singing. The ceremony marks a meaningful transition from learning directed by others to self-direction in education as well as ethical thinking.