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Adventure Bar & Bat Mitzvah Class
Boulder, Colorado

Adventure Class for Bar and Bat Mitzvah in Boulder, Colorado.

An alternative Bar/ Bat Mitzvah Class
taught by Rabbi Jamie Korngold,
and Educator Elaine Barenblat
combining outdoor adventures with Jewish learning
based in Boulder Colorado

Register for 2018 -2019 Here>>>

 

We will take only 20 students for this class. Please register early to avoid disappointment. You may register before your formal interview and before you know your ceremony date. In addition to this class, students need 12-18 months of Hebrew lessons. Please plan accordingly.

 

Schedule for Current Class of 2017-2018>>

"Our class has been one of the most magical experiences I have ever had in my life and the relationships that I have created will last my lifetime." - Jack Rich 2016 student

Looking for an alternative to the traditional Bar and Bat Mitzvah program?

Interested in a non-traditional, outdoor, adventure based program that will infuse your child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah experience with meaning?

Our ten month Bat and Bar Mitzvah program is idea for students who:
*
Love outdoor activities
*Thrive in experiential education settings
*Enjoy social group learning sessions
*Appreciate lots of time learning directly with a rabbi
*Have no Jewish background or have years of Jewish background or anywhere in between!

How does it work?
The class meets with Rabbi Korngold and Elaine Barenblat approximately 16 times from August to May.

Some classes are outside while other workshops will be held at Adventure Rabbi Headquarters in South Boulder.
The Class schedule will be posted in January but will be similar to the current schedule, found here>>

Meanwhile, Bar and Bat Mitzvah students study individually once a week with a Hebrew tutor of your choosing to learn the Bar and Bat Mitzvah prayers and Torah portion. Adventure Educator Elaine Barenblat teaches Hebrew to most of the students, either in person or online and are available to take on more students. To get on the list for Hebrew lessons with Elaine visit here>>

Students are also welcome to work with other (approved) tutors. Students who are not working with Elaine, will check in with her once a month, so that we can track their Hebrew progress.

Beginning in April, all of the students will sign-up for 2-3 hours of time with Elaine so that she can help them craft their speeches. Finally, parents and student meet twice privately with Rabbi Jamie to plan and rehearse the service.

The Bar and Bat Mitzvah students are responsible for two homework assignments each month. One is a journal entry, reflecting on and reviewing the class meeting that month. The second is a Shabbat Log. The students celebrate Shabbat in a creative way once a month and write about their experience. These two assignments are shared with Rabbi Korngold monthly as Googledocs. This also ensures that the Rabbi Korngold has an ongoing conversation with each student, which helps build a personal relationship with each student.

Rabbi Jamie Korngold and Rabbi Evon Yakar
Rabbi Jamie Korngold (left), and Rabbi Evon Yakar (right)

Philosophy:
Maybe you have heard the joke about the Bar Mitzvah boy who announces during his Bar Mitzvah speech, "Today I am a man, tomorrow I go back to 8th grade."

We've often wondered what leading a Shabbat morning service has to do with becoming a man. Admittedly, centuries ago when Bar Mitzvah was created, leading a service was a task that a boy took on at age 13. But today, is that really the best we can do to prepare a boy to be a man and a girl to be a woman?

Our program uses Judaism and nature to teach Bar and Bat Mitzvah students the skills they need to be content, compassionate, confident, and responsible teenagers.

Admittedly, we push general Judaic learning less than other programs. But we believe if our Bar and Bat Mitzvah students come away loving Judaism and understanding why Judaism is relevant to their lives, they will be inspired to keep learning Jewishly for many years.

Bat Mitzvah student learning to change the tire on a carWe address topics kids should learn in life and teach them through a Jewish lens.

Our Bat or Bar Mitzvah students do not just learn the Kiddush, the Kaddish and how to read Torah.

Our Bar or Bat Mitzvah students will also learn how to change a tire, change a diaper, make a matzah ball and bake challah.

Our Bar or Bat Mitzvah students will learn to look out for others while climbing a peak and to take responsibility for their own actions while snowshoeing or hiking under the full moon.

Our Bar or Bat Mitzvah students will even learn how to write a polite email and why that is important.
(And our Bar and Bat Mitzvah students will come to understand what each of these tasks have to do with being Jewish.)

We talk about the daunting choices that our Bat and Bar Mitzvah students will face in the turbulent teenage years ahead. Many of these choices may seem innocuous to the Bar and Bat Mitzvah kids, but in actuality their decisions can drastically effect their lives.

We will talk to our Bat and Bar Mitzvah students about making good choices and giving those choices a voice. We will use Jewish wisdom to teach about the meaning of success, the use of social media and friendship. We will explore responsibility toward self, family and community. (Think of it like mensch training.)

Register for 2018 -2019 Here>>>


Schedule for Current Class of 2017-2018>>

Adventure Bar & Bat Mitzvah Class:
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Schedule & Description of Classes:

Requirements For Enrollment in Adventure Class

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Learning Resources:

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Ceremony Information:

Program details:

1. Hebrew:
What Hebrew prayers will the Bar or Bat Mitzvah student learn?
Our emphasis is on prayers we think every Jew should know for general Jewish living. Among other prayers such as Barchu, Shema and V'ahavtah, you will learn the full Friday night Kiddush, Kaddish (seldom taught to Bar and Bat Mitzvah kids but probably the most widely needed Jewish prayer). Students should be prepared for a serious year of Hebrew study and able to commit time to this aspect of the program. Most students meet with their tutor once a week for a year. We recommend that students who have no Hebrew background start with a tutor as soon as possible, ideally two years before but at least 18 months before their ceremony. This will make their work load more manageable and less intense. View videos of the prayers here>>

How about Torah?
Most of our students chant or read 6 verses of Torah. But students with severe learning limitations have read as little as three and very skilled readers have read as many as 21 verses. You will be reading either from our new Parchment Torah or from our backpacking Torah.

What are the Hebrew requirements to get into the program?
Many of our students have no Hebrew background while others have been attending Jewish Day School for years. Either way, because the Hebrew portion is taught individually, we can make it work and we will create a program that is appropriately challenging.

How will the Bar or Bat Mitzvah student learn their Hebrew?
Each student works with a private Hebrew tutor. Fees for this are not including in the basic program fee. Most students meet with their tutor once a week for a year. Occasionally students require 2 times a week, and others only occasional meetings. In the Boulder area, fees are generally $35-$85 an hour. Outside of Boulder they are typically $55 - $85 an hour.

How do we find a tutor?
Our in-house Educator Elaine works with most of our students (online or in person) and we offer discounts to our students and members. Offering in-house Hebrew lessons enables us to make sure the quality and goals are consistent. Our in-house tutor charges $70 with $5 discounts for members and Adventure Class students. Read more about our in-house tutor here>>
Working with our tutors insures that your students will fulfill all the requirements in a timely manner.

2. Projects
Journal: Bar and Bat Mitzvah students will track their learning in journals and email the journals to the rabbi. At the end of the course, these journals will become the seeds that blossom into the speeches the students give at their Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies, explaining the connections between their learning, Judaism and nature.

Shabbat: My not so secret agenda is to introduce the Bar and Bat Mitzvah students and their families to Shabbat as meaningful part of life. Our lives are so frenetic! One of the greatest gifts Judaism has given us is the mandate to take a day off every week. I hope that when the Bat and Bar Mitzvah are in college and are overwhelmed with life, they will look back at this year and think, "Oh Shabbat. Maybe that can help." To that end, my goal is to introduce them to a Shabbat practice that fits into their lifestyle and can enhance their lives.

Each month for 8 months the student will pick some type of Jewish Shabbat observance to try out. They can be traditional Shabbat activities like lighting candles, baking challah or going to synagogue but might also be non-traditional activities like taking on a service project or expressing respect to your parents by making dinner for you family. After four months, the students pick one Shabbat observance that worked for them and repeats it for four months. These experience are written up monthly and email to Rabbi Jamie.

3. Monthly Check On-Line:
Students who are not working with Elaine, will check in with her once a month, so that we can track their Hebrew progress.

Beginning in April, all of the students will sign-up for 2-3 hours of time with Elaine so that she can help them craft their speeches.

3. Is This Class a Correct Fit?:
To be admitted, students need to meet certain criteria:
-Want to be in the class
-Enjoy social settings
-Be willing and able to complete required homework and assignments
-Not miss more that 2-3 classes (missed classes may not include orientation, first hike, or Deer Mt Climb)
-Be physically active
-Parents must be willing to be on Facebook

Over a decade of experience has taught as that the following students may thrive in the Individual Program but will not be a good fit for this class:
-Students who don't want to do it
-Students who do not enjoy peer social settings
-Students who identify as Introverts
-Students who are on the Autism spectrum
-Students with social anxiety
-Competitive Athletes with inflexible schedules.
Read more about requirements here>>
An interview is required for admission.

Come to Colorado for an Adventurous Bar MitzvahAfter reading through this information, if you feel an Adventure Rabbi Bar and Bat Mitzvah will be a good fit for your family, please either:

Which Program is Right for Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah?

OPTION 1:
Individual Bar and Bat Mitzvah Program
Option for Distance Learning and Destination Ceremonies
(10 months, you pick the start date)
More info click here>>
Ready to register and sign click here>>

OPTION 2:
Adventure Bar and Bat Mitzvah Class, Boulder, Colorado
(10 months, August - May)
On this page, read above

Ready to register and sign click here >>

OPTION 3:
Bar and Bat Yisrael, a less intensive coming of age program without Hebrew
Option for Distance Learning
(12 weeks)
More info click here >>
Ready to register and sign click here >>

OPTION 4:
Israel Bar or Bat Mitzvah Ceremony
>Adventure Rabbi Bar or Bat Mitzvah training with Rabbi Evon Yakar during monthly Skype meetings or as part of the Adventure Class
>Individual Hebrew tutoring with your own tutor
>Unforgettable unique Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony in Israel.
Locations include the Robinson Arch at the Western Wall, the Ancient Synagogue in Ein Gedi and remote wilderness locations

More info click here>>

 
 
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