Dream and plan with us!

This year we at COJECO are exploring the need and interest of the Russian-speaking Jewish community for a customized, culturally sensitive, egalitarian family program for parents and their Bar/Bat Mitzvah aged children.  We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts about the COJECO B’nai Mitzvah Family Journey with us. The year-long program would offer Russian-speaking Jewish families an immersive, multifaceted experience so children and parents can learn about the history, significance, traditions, and rituals of becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah through a culturally sensitive lens and in the comfort of a like-minded community.

Below are some of the possible program elements that B’nai Mitzvah Family Journey may include:

1. Families would gather for regular informal educational sessions, where parents and children together learn about the history and traditions that have been passed down through generations. 

2. Participants would host Shabbat dinners for peer families, with the assistance of COJECO staff, learning the rituals and traditions shared by Jews around the world, but also customizing the experience with their own personal touches, featuring contributions from teens and parents.

3. Each family may choose a personally meaningful Mitzvah Project, deepening their engagement with the community and each other.

4. Interactive webinars for teens would help them prepare for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony and explore their own journeys among peers. 

5. B’nai Mitzvah families would go on a trip to Israel, culminating in a B’nai Mitzvah ceremony at the Kotel, and/or would be able to enjoy a ceremony and celebration for friends and family in NY.

We would love to know what you think. Please take 5-10 minutes to fill out this survey and help us shape this program.

Thank you very much in advance! If you have any questions, please contact Olga Markus at OlgaM@cojeco.org.
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