The writings of our bar and bat mitzvahs


Our bar and bat mitzvahs are required to do in-depth research and writing in several subject categories that prepare them to take on the responsibilities of adulthood in the Jewish community: family history and family values; personal beliefs; heroes and role models; and a Jewish topic of their own choosing that they will make the theme of a major presentation to the congregation and their guests. Additionally, they write about their community service work and reflect on what it means to them to become a bar or bat mitzvah.  Use the menu on the right to read our students’ writings in all of the categories. 


Member presentations for the High Holidays

Humanistic Jews observe Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, as a time for self-reflection and self-examination.   At these services, congregation members present their own unique reflections, some of which are collected here, along with the remarks of our rabbis.

Read high holiday presentations

Presentations for other occasions

Our members and guest speakers gave presentations at other occasions about various topics. Some have been kind enough to grant us permission to post them here, as well.

Read or watch presentations

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Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, or Ba Mitzvah
for you or your child.

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bat mitzvahs, and bar mitzvahs write about values and ethics