Every Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony should be a deeply meaningful Jewish lifecycle event, both to the child celebrating this milestone and to his or her family. A child who struggles with developmental, academic, or social disabilities is just as entitled to a Bar/Bat Mitzvah as his or her peers, but a special approach is often necessary in order to make the ceremony meaningful for such a child. A different approach is often necessary for these children to understand what it means to reach the age of Bar/Bat Mitzvah, both personally and as a member of the Jewish community, and to reinforce this knowledge after he or she has met this milestone.
Like everything else that we do at SINAI Schools, our Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program is highly individualized for each student, to meet his or her individual needs and specific goals. Some children will read a short speech at small family celebrations, while others will read large portions from their Torah reading. No matter what an individual Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration looks like, SINAI helps to prepare our students to reach the goals we have set with their parents, making it a meaningful experience both for the child and for his or her family. Regardless of how the family will celebrate this milestone event itself, the children begin aspects of this program regarding their maturing role in the community as early as age 10, and we continue with the program after their Bar or Bat Mitzvah milestone has passed, to reinforce the lessons they have learned.
See the results of our Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program for yourself:
Read about a SINAI student's beautiful Bat Mitzvah celebration
Watch our 2016 feature film, Jacob's Footprints
Watch the story of one child's inspiring path to reading his Bar Mitzvah Parsha
SINAI Schools is grateful to the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey for funding our Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program in its entirety.