DIY bat and bar mitzvahs
For secular Jewish families outside the New York City area, The City Congregation offers a modified do-it-yourself version of our secular bat and bar mitzvah program. We will provide you with all the material used by our students and mentors, plus free guidance on how to use them from our program director.
In a secular bar or bat mitzvah, students take responsibility for designing their own course of study within the framework our program provides. They learn to defend their choices and opinions in a community of caring but demanding adults, including their parents and mentor, and any other adults you may choose to be involved in your child’s preparation.
There is no Torah portion. For Humanistic Jews, the Torah is one part of a vast heritage of Jewish literature that stretches from biblical times to the present day. However, students are welcome to investigate any component of ancient or modern Jewish literature and to examine it critically as part of their studies.