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Bat Mitzvah Program

Bat Mitzvah Program

During UJEB’s year-long Bat Mitzvah program, girls develop their own emerging identities as young Jewish women. They learn about and experience social action, Jewish history, religion, traditions and culture, as well as their connection to Israel. Through partnerships with Twelve & Thirteen, the Jewish Museum and the National Council of Jewish Women Australia (Victoria) (NCJWA Vic), the girls explore the vibrant Jewish world through a variety of lenses. The program culminates in a beautiful ceremony with family and friends.

The classes are held one afternoon per week during the school term from 4.30 till 6.30 pm in the Caulfield area (except for school holidays, public holidays and Jewish festivals). The total cost of the program is $1150 ($150 non-refundable enrolment fee + $250 per term). There is also an additional cost for the ceremony, which is kept to a minimum.

Registrations are now open for our 2022 program. To find out more or sign up, please contact our Bat Mitzvah Coordinator at ujeb@ujeb.org.au or 03 9523 6844. Note that places in the program are limited.

Click here to watch or Bat Mitzvah Program video!

Bat Mitzvah Video

Bat Mitzvah 2020

Bat Mitzvah 2019

TESTIMONIALS

It was an incredibly inclusive and enriching program. Not only did our daughter gain a greater appreciation of her Jewish culture and heritage, she also widened her awareness and understanding of cultural diversity and social justice.
Kim Elisha, parent of 2018 & 2021 Bat Mitzvah graduates

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I enjoyed every single moment of the UJEB Bat Mitzvah program. I am so terribly sad that this journey has ended because I have learnt so much and will now continue on my own path to grow my Jewish identity, reflect upon and share everything I have learnt.
Ayla Myers, 2020 Bat Mitzvah graduate

UJEB has now guided our third daughter through her Bat Mitzvah and we’re so happy and grateful for UJEB’s passion and genuine love of Judaism that the girls all felt and shared in. It has set them up with a wonderful foundation for their lives.
Zac & Nicole Jacobs, parents of 2017 & 2020 Bat Mitzvah graduates

If I had any advice, it would be to embrace every moment you spend with everyone because before you know it this lovely experience comes to a close. This UJEB experience has been the highlight of this year.
Zahra Jacobs, 2020 Bat Mitzvah graduate

“I would highly recommend the UJEB Bat Mitzvah program. It’s warm, educational and inspiring. It shows the children that there is more than one way to be Jewish and allows for everyone to feel proud of their Jewish heritage.”
Amelia Kalifa, parent of 2019 Bat Mitzvah graduate

Location Day Time Fees Year and Term - CLICK BELOW TO ENROL
Location Day Time Fees Year and Term - CLICK BELOW TO ENROL
Various locations with UJEB and partner organisations Wednesdays After school $150 non-refundable enrolment fee (please pay on enrolment to secure your place) 2022 enrolment fee
Various locations with UJEB and partner organisations Wednesdays After school $1000 for full year 2022 full year

BAT MITZVAH PROGRAM DETAILS

UJEB’s year-long Bat Mitzvah Program is run in partnership with Twelve & Thirteen, the Jewish Museum of Australia and the National Council of Jewish Women Australia (Victoria) (NCJWA Vic). A core educator from UJEB teaches and accompanies the girls throughout the year as they explore the vibrant Jewish world through a variety of lenses, with a different focus in each school term. Running through the entire program is a commitment to instilling in our students a lifelong love of Judaism. The girls complete their year with a presentation afternoon and Bat Mitzvah ceremony amongst family and friends.

TERM 1:  ISRAEL & TORAH
Classes explore our historic and current connections to our culture and our homeland through people, events and food. The girls also delve into the Parasha that falls on their 12th birthday, and relate it to their own journey.

TERM 2:  SOCIAL ACTION
Run by Twelve and Thirteen, this dynamic program delivers unique and engaging hands-on volunteering sessions which broaden awareness of social issues and provide rewarding opportunities for the girls to give back.

TERM 3:  HISTORY & CULTURE
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 and a roots project investigating the girls’ individual family stories of migration and settlement.

TERM 4:  JEWISH WOMEN
The final term at NCJWA (Vic) explores a wide variety of influential roles that Jewish women have undertaken throughout the ages. The participants meet with inspirational Jewish women who are active in making a difference in the Jewish and broader community.

CLOSING CEREMONY
The presentation in December is an afternoon tea where the girls share what they have learned with family and friends in a joyous celebration.