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Guests and relatives who attend Secular Humanistic Bar and Bat Mitzvahs are regularly amazed at what they experience:
“More meaningful than any b’nai mitzvah I’ve ever been to.”
“Something relevant and relatable in every moment of the service.”
“I wish I’d known about this option for my own children!”
For families who want a cultural not religious coming-of-age ceremony, Humanistic Judaism has been offering flexible, creative educational experiences for our youth for more than fifty years.
For Humanistic Jews, the Cultural B Mitzvah (“B Mitzvah” is gender-neutral, non-binary term for “Bar Mitzvah” and/or “Bat Mitzvah”) marks the start not of adulthood, but the acknowledgment of adolescence. It is a coming of age. A Cultural B Mitzvah signifies a young person’s desire to become more responsible for his or her own decisions and actions, and to identify with the many previous generations of the Jewish people who have done so.
Unlike ceremonies in other denominations, Cultural B Mitzvahs allow our students to:
Our Cultural B Mitzvah students emerge from the process with strong critical-thinking skills, laying the groundwork for intellectual inquiry for the rest of their lives. It can provide these young adults with a deep connection to their heritage, and their families with a deeply moving, original, unforgettable coming-of-age ceremony. Cultural B Mitzvahs are powerful life-changing and transformative experiences for the entire family. The students explore their identity and their relationship to their Jewish people.
For more about the Humanistic Judaism Cultural B Mitzvah Ceremonies, please click here.
Find out more about how Cultural B Mitzvah programs can offer twice the meaning of traditional bar/bat mitzvahs at less cost or time commitment then the other Jewish denominations, by contacting one of our local affiliates from this list
[LINK to page listing congregations offering youth education].
Or, if you do not live in proximity to one of the congregations listed at the link above, find out about our Cultural B Mitzvah distance learning programs here.
For further questions, please contact SHJ Rabbi Miriam Jerris.