UJEB BATMITZVAH PROGRAM
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 Batmitzvah program invites girls to learn about and experience social action, Zionism, Torah, Jewish History and Culture, and their own emerging identities as young Jewish women. 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. The classes are held every week on a afternoon during the school term from 4.30 till 6.30pm. Except for school holidays, public holidays and Jewish festivals.
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.
Testimonial from Nicole Brittain, mother of Sienna.
The UJEB Bat- Mitzvah program has been a fantastic experience for Sienna; in fact, she loved it so much she wants to do it again! Participating in the Stand Up ABC program provided Sienna with a much deeper understanding of how fortunate she is and how unfortunate so many others are around the world. Having the opportunity to do a “Roots” project was also wonderful, Sienna discovered so many interesting things about her ancestry, truly insightful. We were also grateful that Sienna had the opportunity to learn her Dvar Torah, we were so impressed with the way she used this learning to draw similarities to her own life and how it can shape her future.
Sienna has graduated from this program with some wonderful new Jewish friends. She has also developed a stronger social and moral compass and now has a deeper understanding of our family history and Jewish life. With all this knowledge I am certain she will become a conscious, confident and courageous young Jewish woman. We are so grateful to UJEB for providing Sienna with this wonderful experience.
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