Bar & Bat Mitzvah

Our Bar and Bat Mitzvah Program is radically different than anything you have encountered. We use Judaism and nature to teach Bar and Bat Mitzvah students the skills they will need to be a content, compassionate, confident and responsible teenagers.

We have five very different programs, but they all share two goals:

  • For the Bar or Bat Mitzvah students to love being Jewish.
  • For your family to discover that Judaism is meaningful, relevant and accessible.

Our Programs

Individual Bar and Bat Mitzvah Program

  • In-person or Distance Learning via Skype
  • Individual Hebrew tutoring with your own tutor
  • Monthly meetings with the Rabbi
  • Ceremonies in South Lake Tahoe CA, Boulder CO, your home town, Israel, or Destination Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies
    (10 months, you pick the start date)
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Bar and Bat Yisrael, a less intensive coming of age program without Hebrew

  • In-person or Distance Learning via Skype
  • 7 meetings with the Rabbi or Educator
  • Ceremonies in Boulder, CO, South Lake Tahoe CA, your hometown, or destination ceremonies (12 weeks, you pick the start date)
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Mitzvah Class for Bar and Bat Students, Boulder Colorado

  • Monthly adventures with Rabbi Korngold  with a focus on community service
  • Some outdoor elements but less intense then Adventure Class
  • Parents included on some adventures
  • Individual Hebrew tutoring with your own tutor
  • Ceremonies in Colorado, Israel or the place of your choosing
  • Jan – Dec  (your choice of 9 of 12 adventures)
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Adventure Bar and Bat Mitzvah Class, Boulder Colorado

  • Monthly adventures with Rabbi Korngold and Elaine Barenblat including a peak climb, snowshoeing, and learning to bake challah
  • Parents included on some adventures
  • Individual Hebrew tutoring with your own tutor
  • Ceremonies in Colorado, Israel or the place of your choosing
    (10 months, August – May)
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Israel Bar or Bat Mitzvah Ceremony

  • Adventure Rabbi Bar or Bat Mitzvah training with the Educator during monthly online meetings or as part of the Adventure Class
  • Individual Hebrew tutoring with your own tutor
  • Unforgettable unique Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony in Israel. Locations include the Robinson Arch at the Western Wall, the Ancient Synagogue in Ein Gedi and beautiful wilderness locations.
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Ceremony

Who will be there? The congregation will be composed of whomever you invite. Perhaps just the four immediate members of your family or maybe you will invite many guests. But the important point is that the community is yours! This will not be a faux community of people you don’t know. Rather, it will be an unique and profound relationship strengthening experience for your specially selected group.

Where will it be? We encourage you to select an appropriate venue that will enhance the spirituality of the day. Your family and friends can come to Colorado, South Lake Tahoe, Israel or one of our rabbis will fly to you. Some ceremonies are done on hiking trails while others are held in rented halls.

What Families Say About An Adventure Rabbi Bar Mitzvah:

We cannot thank you enough for Saturday. We loved the tone you set with the service and how warm and welcoming everything was for Will’s Bar Mitzvah. We received so many compliments about you and everyone said how much they appreciated being included in the service. Everyone felt like an active participant in this right of passage for Will. You made that happen for us, and for that we are very grateful.- Ian and Lynn Belmont, MA

Additional Details

  • Great for Bar and Bat Mitzvah students who live anywhere! Especially suited for those who do not live in either Boulder, Colorado or South Lake Tahoe, California
    (distance learning via Skype is available)
  • Great for Bar and Bat Mitzvah students who live in or near Boulder, Colorado but don’t like hiking or outdoor activities
  • Great for Bar and Bat Mitzvah students who are too busy for set class times
  • Bar and Bat Mitzvah students with any level of Jewish background
  • Great for Bar and Bat Mitzvah students living in Colorado
  • Great for Bar and Bat Mitzvah students who love the outdoors
  • Great for Bar and Bat Mitzvah students who enjoy a group experience
  • Bar and Bat Mitzvah students with any level of Jewish background
  • Great for students who live anywhere (distance learning via Skype is available)
  • Great for students with very limited time (program takes about 25-30 hours)
  • Great for students who do not want to learn Hebrew
  • Great for students who are just beginning to explore Judaism
  • Great for Bar and Bat Mitzvah students who want the unique Adventure Rabbi training and a ceremony in Israel (distance learning via Skype is available)
  • Bar and Bat Mitzvah students with any level of Jewish background
  • Training can be done with Adventure Class or as an individual.
  • Great for Bar and Bat Mitzvah students who live in Colorado
  • Great for Bar and Bat Mitzvah students who thrive in social settings and working together as a team
  • Great for Bar and Bat Mitzvah students who are ready to give back to a community
  • Perfect for students who wish to start in January or in 6th, 7th or 8th grade
  • Great for Bar and Bat Mitzvah students who like doing some outdoor activities but prefer less intensive activity than what is expected  in the Adventure Class