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B'nai Mitzvah Revolution

What is the URJ B’nai Mitzvah Revolution?

The B’nai Mitzvah Revolution is a network of congregational professionals, lay leaders and educational thought leaders seeking to bring renewed depth and meaning to Jewish learning.


B’nai Mitzvah Revolution congregational teams seek to:

  • Create models of preparation and engagement for b’nai mitzvah that are engaging, meaningful, and relevant for both young people and their families.
  • Generate new ideas and images of b’nai mitzvah rituals that tie b’nai mitzvah and their families to the Jewish tradition and the Jewish community.

The B’nai Mitzvah Revolution team partners with congregations to:

  • Network congregational professionals and lay leaders so that they can learn from and support one another.
  • Share the models and resources created by this network with an ever-widening group of congregations.

BMR Innovations Guide:

The purpose of the BMR Innovations Guide is to highlight b’nai mitzvah related innovations developed around North America that can be adapted in other congregations or communities. The Guide is organized into six galleries that align with six main Purposes that typically inform b’nai mitzvah Innovation:

  • Becoming an Adolescent: Innovations that support children and their families by focusing on the social, emotional and spiritual changes and milestones that accompany adolescence.
  • Family Engagement:  Innovations that work to engage whole families in Jewish learning and practice.
  • Innovative Rituals:  Innovations that add new rituals into the b’nai mitzvah process or inspire practice of mitzvot typically relating to Torah (learning) and avodah (prayer or ritual).
  • Mentoring:  Innovations that connect b’nai mitzvah students and/or families with others in the community, who will nurture, teach and guide them.
  • Participating in Community: Innovations that infuse the b’nai mitzvah preparation with personal meaning, while maintaining the communal nature of the congregation and the worship service.
  • Repairing the World: Innovations that inspire practice of mitzvot typically relating to g’milut chasadim (loving acts of kindness), tikkun olam (social justice).

The B’nai Mitzvah Revolution continues to collect innovations and add profiles to the site.

Do you know of other innovations we should include? Do you see out of date information in the Guide? Please email bnaimitzvah@urj.org and let us know! 

About Us

Learn about the staff and partners who created the B'nai Mitzvah Revolution.

Get Involved

If you’re thinking about some revolutionizing of your own, we encourage you to take a look at some of these tools to get you started.

Impact

The B’nai Mitzvah Revolution has had long-reaching impact with synagogues, clergy, parents, and  students. Read articles connecting the BMR to ongoing issues and positive change.

Rationale

Learn about the rationale and assumptions that frame the work of the B’nai Mitzvah Revolution.