The following essay about family values, including love, was written by Mia Shonbrun Siege, a middle schooler, enrolled in City Congregation’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah program. Students spend a year and a…
Students discover their families’ values and the sources of their own values by interviewing relatives and collecting family stories.
We respect all the varying cultural backgrounds of our families and help each student come to terms with all aspects of their heritage. Children from interfaith, intermarried, or multiethnic families can have a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah that honors their non-Jewish roots as well. Non-Jewish family members are encouraged to participate fully in the b’nai mitzvah process.