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Shaarei Mitzvah

by Abby Pitkowsky, The Jewish Education Project

Shaarei Mitzvah is Park Slope Jewish Center’s Express Innovation model.  It was a hybrid of Shabbat Centered and Family learning for the entire bar / bat mitzvah cohort of 7th graders which comprised 26 B’nai Mitzvah and their families.  They shared three learning experiences over the course of the year at different points of Shabbat; erev Shabbat, Shabbat morning, and Shabbat late afternoon/Havdalah.

I was particularly impressed by the opportunities this model provided parents and their b’nai mitzvah aged kids to really talk together by deeply exploring and sharing about relevant topics.  What are folks out there finding works to get families talking to each other?

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