JOC B’Mitzvah Project
Celebrate coming of age with other JOCs.
JOC B’Mitzvah Pilot Program
A bar or bat mitzvah should be a defining and joyful moment in the development of one’s Jewish identity. We use the newish term B’Mitzvah to be gender inclusive.
For the growing population of families with mixed racial, ethnic, religious, and other backgrounds, the B’Mitzvah connecting with other Jews of Color at this critical time in identity formation provides a valuable opportunity to celebrate and honor the multiple elements of a child’s identity.
This spring, we are launching the first B’Mitzvah Initiative for young Jews of Color. Over the course of four months, children from across the United States will study in a learning cohort with Rabbi Isaama Goldstein-Stoll and Lior Ben-Hur (see bios in FAQ) on Zoom, preparing for a ceremony that will take place in conjunction with Camp Be’chol Lashon in the summer.
The program will be offered to all students—those who are not enrolled in Jewish learning, as well as those participating in their local synagogues.
First ever cohort begins virtually March 12th, 2022. Rolling applications.
12 to 14 year olds of all races, genders, and ways of being Jewish are welcome to apply.
Make a gift with meaning
Celebrate your milestone and make a gift with meaning. With your Bar/Bat Mitzvah comes the responsibility and excitement of being recognized as an adult in the community. You can start your adult life with tzedakah (charity), beginning a wonderful life-long commitment to tikkun olam (repairing the world) and making the world a better place.
How It Works
1. Contact us to express interest in doing a Mitzvah Project. We will help you choose a worthy beneficiary and set up a campaign page on our website.
2. Pledge to donate some (or all!) of your Bar/Bat Mitzvah gifts to your campaign.
3. Invite family members, friends, and community members to donate to your campaign in honor of your simcha.