Program: 12 Weeks
Distance Learning Optional
you want your son or daughter to have a:
Coming of Age Ceremony
Connection to Jewish Heritage
Opportunity to Celebrate with Friends and Family
you are not ready or able to commit to a time intensive Bar
or Bat Mitzvah program that requires weeks of Hebrew tutoring,
months (or even years) of religious school and countless weekends
spent in synagogue, then our Bar or Bat Yisrael ceremony may
be the right alternative for your family.
is an ideal program for families who like the concept
of bar or bat mitzvah, but just don't see how learning
Hebrew will help their son or daughter be better equipped
to deal with the world.
Bar Yisrael and Bat Yisrael:
around Tikkun Olam/ Social Action project
the door for future involvement with Judaism
develop Jewish identity
Independent Investigation of One Jewish topic
Your time frame, your schedule
Appropriate for 12 -15 year olds
does it work?
There are three elements (details below) to the program plus seven meetings with the Rabbi Evon Yakar. These culminate in
a private ceremony at the venue of your choice (details below.)
Part I: Independent Learning Project
a Bar or Bat Yisrael student, you will work with Rabbi Evon
Yakar, our B'nai Mitzvah Coach, to choose one area of Judaism
you wish to learn about or experience. You will devote at
least 10 hours to your studies. During your five meetings,
you will discuss what you are learning and have an opportunity
to ask lots of question. At your Bar or Bat Yisrael Ceremony,
you will teach the community about what you have learned.
of Past Projects:
Roots of Reggae
Baking Challahs from Around the World & Sharing them
at a Retirement Community
are so Many Comedians Jewish?
the Hebrew Alphabet
about the Student's Jewish Family Through Interviews with
of Jewish Boulder: Visiting Jewish Organizations in Boulder
and Learning about Them
II: Tikkun Olam/ Social Action Project
will devote ten hours to working on a Tikkun Olam / Social
Action project of your own design. During your five meetings
you will learn how this particular project illustrates a Jewish
value and discuss your experiences with the project. You will
track your progress and learning in a mini-journal so that
you will be able to share what you have learned at your Bar
or Bat Yisrael Ceremony.
of Past Projects:
Removal (New York City)
Homes (New Orleans)
a Neighborhood Park Clean-Up (Denver, CO)
Prepare Meals for Koko the Signing Gorilla (California)
III: Sabbath Prayers
You will also memorize the basic prayers for Sabbath dinner
at home and Havdallah, the ceremony closing the Sabbath. These
are easy, enjoyable and useful prayers that will enable you
to be part of the Jewish community wherever your life takes
you. You will not need to be able to read them in Hebrew.
it all Together:
You will meet with Rabbi Evon Yakar five times during the
twelve weeks. The first meeting will be to explain the program
and identify your projects. The middle three meetings will
be opportunities to discuss what you are learning, ask questions
and delve more deeply into areas of interest. In the last
meeting we will put it all together and practice delivering
the speeches you have prepared to share what you have learned
with your community.
A month before your ceremony, you will have
two more sessions with Rabbi
Evon Yakar to plan the ceremony (via
Skype or in-person in South Lake Tahoe, California.)
you have completed your projects, we will gather together
with family and friends. Generally, the favorite days for
ceremonies are Friday night Shabbat Service or Saturday night
Havdallah Services but because there is no Torah reading involved,
the ceremony can actually be held on any day of the week.
Rabbi Evon Yakar's services are beautiful, heart-felt experiences,
filled with song, prayer and relevant discussions. Together
as a community we will celebrate your connection to Judaism
and entrance into the teenage years. There will be ample opportunities
for friends, parents and family to add their blessings to
the service so that it becomes a unique expression of you!
The rabbi will bring the prayerbooks to the ceremomy site of your choosing. When you are ready to plan the ceremony, we have great resources posted such as:
- The Bar or Bat Yisrael student's large print version of the service.
- The guests' booklet format version of the service (same content, different format)
- A diagram of how to set up the service venue
- The honors you will be able to give out to guests
- A list of items you will need to bring to the service
Find This All Here>>
Twelve Week Program includes:
Phone/ Skype learning meetings with Rabbi Evon Yakar
planning meetings with Rabbi Evon Yakar
hour a Week Tikkun Olam / Social Action Project
One hour a week Independent Study
Hours to Learn Hebrew Prayers
Hours to Prepare Speeches and Service
Rabbi Evon Yakar:
Evon comes to us via Skype from South Lake Tahoe, California.
He specializes in youth education and is an expert at
making Judaism relevant and meaningful to 12 and 13 year
He is passionate about sharing Judaism
with his students and loves the opportunity to personalize
the program according to the interests of each of his
Rabbi Evon recently built a new road bike
and can often be found riding the beautiful roads and
trails near his home in South Lake Tahoe California. Rabbi
Evon works part-time for the Adventure Rabbi Program and
part time as the Rabbi at Temple Bat Yam. Rabbi Evon also
loves skiing, hiking, and playing ice hockey. In his free
time you can find him hiking with his wife Rachel and
their dog Sasha.
we get to personalize the ceremony?
Yes! We can include as many of your guests as you would
like. You can even write your own prayerbook, although most
families opt to use our copies of Gates of Prayer or
the Adventure Rabbi nature-based prayerbooks.
are the ceremonies?
can pick your own venue, although we appreciate low
key venues that take the emphasis away from conscious
consumption rather than fancy hotels
ceremonies often take place as part of a morning hike,
while larger ceremonies are generally held in locations
where everyone can sit in chairs in order to minimize
the impact of large groups on the wilderness.
location is the Jaycee
or Wood Shelter on Flagstaff Mountain above Boulder. This
is also great if you want to start with a short, easy hike.
A fabulous indoor venue is the
Community House in Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado.
This is great if you want to do a short hike before the service and
you can have a lovely party afterwards, using thier in-house caterer.
The Star House is a unique, lovely venue for the more spiritualy minded. Another favorite indoor location, which can hold larger groups
than the Community House and can still accomodate a party
afterwards, is the CUCC
church on Table Mesa. We frequently use this venue for
our Friday night Shabbat services. Less good for hikes, but
its possible! A new venue on our list is the Boulder Integral Center. Also not good for hikes but a lovely venue.
you are planning your ceremony, please review this check-list>>
it have to be outside?
As the Adventure Rabbi Program, we love hiking
or skiing ceremonies but we realize not every family can
View Outdoor Bar
Mitzvah One Minute Video >>
view photos from a recent Skiing Bat Mitzvah at Copper Mountain
about having the ceremony outside of Colorado or up in the
Rabbi Evon is happy to officiate at ceremonies beyond South
Lake Tahoe, California. Obviously it costs a bit more, because
it takes more of the Rabbi's time. For
price quotes visit our contract page>>
have family members who can't hike, but we know a ceremony
that includes hiking with the Adventure Rabbi is an amazing
and unique experience. Is there any way we can incorporate
a little hiking?
We suggest adding a hiking Friday night service led by Rabbi
Jamie Korngold and her guitar. That way even if your main
service can't be on the trail because not everyone is physically
capable of hiking, at least a subset of the group can enjoy
that amazing experience. We have found that the amazing
feeling created in the smaller group rapidly spreads to
the entire group.
we also add a short hiking piece to our ceremony?
If you hold the service on the summit of Flagstaff
Mountain (Boulder, CO) we can add a little hiking at beginning
of the service that is very accessible. Those who can't
walk or be pushed in wheelchair, can drive to the service
site and they will not miss too much.
If this is an individual program, how will we meet
We encourage your family to participate in Adventure Rabbi
events throughout the year so that you can build a relationship
with Rabbi Korngold and our larger community. You will meet
an amazing group of people, eager to find a meaningful way
to experience their Judaism.
In order to facilitate this we will give your bar or bat
yisrael student a free membership to the Adventure Rabbi
Program, a $750 value.
also recommend reading Rabbi
Korngold's books to get a sense of the background of
the Adventure Rabbi Program.
How are parents part of this process?
We highly encourage one parent to be present for
the meetings. This serves two functions. It often puts the
student more at ease and it allows the conversation to continue
even after the session is over. We encourage you to make
this a family process.
Program is right for you?
Individual Bar and Bat Mitzvah
Option for Distance Learning and Destination Ceremonies
(10 months, you pick the start date)
info click here>>
to register and sign click here>>
Adventure Bar and Bat Mitzvah
Class, Boulder Colorado
(10 months, August - May)
to register and sign click here >>
Bar and Bat Yisrael, a less
intensive coming of age program without Hebrew
Option for Distance Learning
this page, read above
to register and sign click here >>
Bar or Bat Mitzvah Ceremony
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 atop Masada
info click here>>
you have spoken to the rabbi and are ready to sign a contract,