Exciting New Bat Mitzvah Program coming in 2014
Can you imagine a journey of discovery that takes you on an imaginative expedition from Sudan to Israel to Eastern Europe and Australia? UJEB’s new Batmitzvah program for 2014 invites girls to learn about and experience social action, Zionism, Torah, Jewish History and Culture, and their own emerging identities as young Jewish women.
Accordingly, UJEB has partnered with Jewish Aid Australia, the Jewish Museum of Australia and the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (Vic) to construct a unique year-long program. A core educator from UJEB will teach the girls throughout the year as they explore the vibrant Jewish world through a variety of lenses. “This is the first time such a positive collaboration is being tried” says UJEB Executive Director Marlo Newton, “and we are thrilled by the possibilities.”
In Term One students will participate in Stand Up; Jewish Aid Australia’s social justice program for B’nei Mitzvah-aged students. During the term students will explore and address 21st Century challenges: social cohesion, poverty alleviation, equitable distribution of wealth and human rights. After learning about these challenges, students will have an opportunity to complete their own Action Projects and regard themselves as changemakers for a better world. Girls will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with Sudanese kids in a fun and informal environment.
In Term Two the focus moves to Israel, and classes are held exploring our historic and current connections to Israel. Highlights will include participation in communal Yom Ha’atzma’ut and Yom Yerushalayim events. Girls will also research the parashah that falls on their 12th birthday, and undertake a project in relation to it.
In Term Three the classes meet at the Jewish Museum of Australia, and focus on Jewish history, art and culture. Highlights include an exploration of the Australian Jewish story. This term culminates in a roots project investigating the girls’ individual family stories of migration and settlement.
The final term, Term Four, at National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (Vic) explores roles Jewish women play in public and private life. Girls will be exposed to various ways Jewish women express themselves in Jewish life, past and present, including in the home, and in leadership roles. They will meet with active Jewish women who are active in making a difference in the Jewish community and Australian society, in both professional and voluntary capacities.
The year long journey will culminate in a presentation in the company of family and friends.
Classes begin early Feb 2014. Full details are available from UJEB. Tel: 9038 5028 www.ujeb.org.au