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B’nai Mitzvah Program for grades 6-7

We see each child as an individual and know that no family has the same set of circumstances. If you are interested in our B'nei Mitzvah program please contact Dawn Spector our Director of Youth Education to discuss your families needs and more details of the program. 


  • In Denver, the recognized programs are Passport to Jewish Learning (our religious school program) or Denver Jewish Day School (our community Jewish day school). Attendance in other comparable programs is considered for recognition on an individual basis. 

  • During 5th Grade, families will have an individual conference with the Rabbi to evaluate the student's Judaic knowledge and Hebrew skills, and discuss plans for the scheduling of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah date, which will be arranged to occur sometime during the Grade 7 year.


Grade 6 is the formal commencement of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah training process. Students in this educational year will be expected to participate in two complimentary venues: a weekly class which is taught by the Rabbi and attendance at Rodef Shalom Shabbat Service twice per month. These activities will serve to (a) solidify the sense of community that has been forming during previous years of Shabbat School attendance, (b) instill a context for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah training that considers both history and ethics, and (c) familiarize the student with the Shabbat and weekday morning services, including tallit and tefillin, and the overall synagogue environment. 

Sometime in the course of Grade 6, each student will initiate a relationship with a private tutor with whom he/she will meet weekly in order to train in the skills of Torah reading, Haftarah reading, and leading Services.  The Rabbi maintains an updated list of recommended tutors, which is presented to each family at the time of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah date confirmation.  Families may petition to engage alternate instructors, as well.  All instructors are expected to train the child in a fashion that will enable further participation beyond the Bar/Bat Mitzvah date.

Students continue to attend programs throughout Grade 7 and, as they approach their individual dates of celebration, the Rabbi will schedule their participation in leading a small portion of the Shabbat Morning Service so that they might become acclimated to dynamics of the bimah.  In addition, a series of rehearsals will be scheduled by the private tutor so that the student might practice reading from the appropriate Torah scroll and become familiarized with the choreography of the leadership spaces.


B'nai Mitzvah Program Description: 

     This is our congregation's home-grown approach to the inclusion of all - regardless of their Jewish education background - in the life of our community at precisely the time that they are approaching their age of wider participation.   Once a month we participate in a  Sunday Action program under the direction of Dawn Spector, our Youth Education Director.  The latter module includes our Passport to Jewish Learning participants in Grades K-5.  By integrating our middle school students with the younger population once per month, we aim to provide some opportunity for role modeling and leadership.  Both components encourage the participation of the entire family for most of the programming.

   Our B'nei Mitzvah curriculum is a combination of our own unique curriculum and the B'nei Mitzvah curriculum of Moving Traditions. 

With a field-tested curriculum designed by rabbis, social workers, and psychologists, the program applies Moving Traditions’ unique informal education model to the social realities of sixth and seventh graders and their parents. “What does it mean to become a teen?”, “How do I navigate being the center of attention?” “What are the obligations of hosts and guests?” “How is parenting a teen different then parenting a child?” – these questions animate a program that includes interactive group games, relevant Jewish text study, critical thinking about gender norms and popular culture, and reflections on personal ethical decisions.? 

Beyond these events, we offer a weekly, one-hour Tefillah Skills Class on Wednesday afternoons, for the purpose of Hebrew reading practice and prayer skills reinforcement and a second hour of class that focuses on Jewish knowledge and content. Both portions are lead by Rabbi Kobrin and allow students to learn what they need to know to be prepared for their B'nei Mitzvah, be engaged in meaningful Jewish learning and discussion, and socialize with their peers.  We encourage all families to enroll their children in our Wednesday night classes to reinforce their service leading and Hebrew skills as well as learning more about Judaism today. 

Finally, all of our  students will be expected to start attending Shabbat Morning Services, on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. until the end of the Service, in order to observe and acclimate to the tunes and choreography. 

We realize that schedules get very busy in certain seasons, so we welcome participation whenever it is compatible with the household calendar, and empower each family to uphold a responsible standard of participation.

For more information, contact Rabbi Kobrin at

If you are interested in registering your child(ren), please contact Dawn Spector at Dawn.Spector@  Registration Forms can be accessed in the Downloads box above.




Thu, June 24 2021 14 Tammuz 5781