About the program
Journey to 13, UJEB’s unique Bar Mitzvah program, is a coming-of-age experience that 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 & family, culture, exercise & mindfulness, and rites of passage. It 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 annually from July to December.
The Bar-Mitzvah Program total cost is $600 which is broken up into two components:
- $100 deposit, non-refundable – this is made at the time of enrolment to secure the participants’ place within the program.
- $500 (for 6-month program) + additional cost for ceremony
UJEB 2022 Bar Mitzvah Program
Community & Family
Exercise & Mindfulness
Rites of Passage
Different cultures have unique ways of welcoming young men into their communities. 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.