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 Kids in Philanthropy (KiP), 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 $1100 ($100 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 email@example.com or 03 9523 6844. Note that places in the program are limited.
“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||Tuesdays||After school||$250 per term||2021 term 3|
|Various locations with UJEB and partner organisations||Tuesdays||After school||$250 per term||2021 term 4|
|Various locations with UJEB and partner organisations||Tuesdays||After school||$100 non-refundable enrolment fee (please pay on enrolment to secure your place)||2022 enrolment fee|
|Various locations with UJEB and partner organisations||Tuesdays||After school||$1000 for full year||2022 full year|
UJEB’s year-long Bat Mitzvah Program is run in partnership with KiP (Kids in Philanthropy), 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: SOCIAL ACTION
Students participate in a tailor-made, hands on social action program run by Kids in Philanthropy (KiP). They explore the culture of giving and change-making in Australia, including building social awareness, developing leadership skills and empathy, and learning the fundamentals of how to become a change-maker.
TERM 2: ISRAEL & TORAH
Classes explore our historic and current connections to Israel. Highlights include participation in communal Yom Ha’atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim events. The girls also research the Parasha that falls on their 12th birthday, and undertake a project in relation to it.
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.
The presentation in December is an afternoon tea where the girls share what they have learned with family and friends in a joyous celebration.