Bar Mitzvah Program

Bar Mitzvah Program

Journey to 13, UJEB’s unique Bar Mitzvah program, is a coming-of-age experience which is contemporary and meaningful for participants. Our 6-month program is a creative and alternative option for marking this important Jewish life milestone, which enables participants to take their place in our community as passionate and engaged young men.

The program focuses on four main themes: community, culture, wellbeing and rites of passage. It also includes visits from inspiring community figures and organisations, and culminates in a ceremony designed by the boys themselves.

Journey to 13 can either stand alone, or complement a more traditional synagogue Bar Mitzvah. It is open to all, and is suitable for students at non-Jewish schools. Affiliation with a synagogue is not required. The program runs twice per year, starting in February (recommended for year 7 students) and July (recommended for grade 6 students).

For more information contact our Bar Mitzvah Coordinator, Samuel Herz, on or 0435 793 512.

Location Day Time Fees Year and Semester
Location Day Time Fees Year and Semester
Tuesdays After school $50 non-refundable enrolment fee (please pay on enrolment to secure your place)
Enrolment fee
Tuesdays After school $500 (for 6-month program) + additional cost for ceremony
2020 semester 2

Bar Mitzvah Program Details

The UJEB Bar Mitzvah program is designed specifically for students at non-Jewish day schools. The program focuses on essential tools for young men who are coming of age, rather than being centred around a synagogue or religious practices.

There are four main themes in the program. Many sessions are run in partnership with relevant and inspiring community figures and organisations, including Stand Up, Friendship Circle and Community Security Group Victoria (CSG).

Our community helps us grow and shapes who we are. Participants explore different communities including local, Jewish and international communities. The group chooses a community initiative and develops a plan to contribute to their chosen cause.

From falafel to footy, Jewish Australians have a diverse culture. Who we are is defined by where we have come from and where we live. Participants explore their culture and how it enriches their life.

Exercise and Mindfulness:
In the hustle and bustle of our day-to-day lives it is hard to find time to centre ourselves. Sometimes we forget to be aware of the world around us and how we are feeling. Participants learn the importance of managing their feelings and maintaining balance, and explore various methods to achieve this.

Rites of Passage:
Different cultures have unique ways of welcoming young men into their communities. In this program participants look at different coming-of-age ceremonies and then design one for their own group, to find their own special way to mark this important life event.

The program ends with a meaningful ceremony for family and friends, designed by the participants themselves.