Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program
Ben Porat Yosef is proud to witness our students become Bnei Mitzvot when they reach the 6th and 7th grades. We feel privileged to be an important part of our students' journeys from childhood into Jewish adulthood and it is an honor for us to watch our students flourish into young men and women who look to Torah as their guide in this new stage of their lives.
BPY has an established a bar/bat mitzvah curriculum to help prepare your child for some of the halachic expectations and social challenges associated with reaching gil mitzvot, the age of mitzvah observance. We implement this curriculum in grades 5 and 6 for girls and grades 6 and 7 for boys. This curriculum includes discussion of student concerns associated with becoming bnei mitzvah, a model "celebration" for students to attend and the proper decorum we expect students to demonstrate at their own smachot and those of their friends, and the importance of personalized chesed and tzedaka as our students begin strengthening their adult identities and perspectives.
Our Parent Handbook clearly states our policies when it comes to planning an in-school and - for many families - an out-of-school celebratory party. The handbook also states our policy regarding gifts. We also ask that parents let us know as soon as possible in the academic year the date of their child(ren)'s bar or bat mitzvah party so we can keep our master bar/bat mitzvah calendar as up-to-date as possible to help avoid conflicting dates and so all our parents can plan any kind of celebration with appropriate time.