Bet Mitzvah Group Program

Inspiring curiosity and creating community

Since 2007, the DJC Bet Mitzvah Program has been offering a unique, year-long program of weekly learning within a group of peers, culminating in a Bet Mitzvah Shabbat morning service in May or June.  It’s one of the highlights of our year.

The Danforth Jewish Circle Bet Mitzvah program meets weekly on Sundays for two hours, and also includes many additional programs such as Shabbat dinners, family learning sessions, and field trips. We explore contemporary and historical issues, using Jewish texts, thinkers, and traditions to guide us.

The curriculum focuses on:

  • Blessings and ritual
  • Shabbat, holidays, and the Jewish calendar
  • Exploring conceptions of God and divinity
  • Jewish texts, including the Torah (emphasis on the Bet Mitzvah parsha)
  • Jewish history, including the Holocaust
  • Tikkun olam (repairing the world) and social justice themes through a Jewish lens

Share the light and shine collectively

We inspire curiosity, strive to give students the tools to search for their own answers, and have fun! The group setting is an invaluable resource, providing support and creating community within a cohesive group of peers in a similar stage of life.

In our culminating group Shabbat morning service, all students share the light and shine collectively, rather than individually, joining together to joyously share their vision of themselves as young Jews. The entire DJC community, friends, and family are invited to celebrate together as we welcome these students into a life-long relationship with Judaism as thinking, creative Jewish adults.

Sundays: September to May/June

The Bet Mitzvah program runs from September to May/June, with classes held weekly on Sundays for two hours. Field trips and other programs may occur outside of this time. The DJC registration process prioritizes students who have been enrolled in the Grade 6 class of the Children’s Jewish Studies Program. These families are invited to apply first, and any open spots are then offered to families on our wait list. Membership in the DJC community is required for the B’nei Mitzvah Program. The Bet Mitzvah, Shabbat morning service, will be held on a Saturday morning in May or June.

Bet Mitzvah Fees

  • Bet Mitzvah Group Fees are $3550-$3950 + Families are required to be DJC members
  • Bet Mitzvah Individual Fees are $3550-$3950 + Families are required to be DJC members

Subsidies are available; please inquire for more information.

Get in touch

Interested in learning more? Please email Alysse Rich, our Director of Education.

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