The joy and pride of watching your child become a bar or bat mitzvah at University Synagogue is hard to describe in words. Students say that the b’nei mitzvah experience at University Synagogue is both challenging and rewarding, and becomes a moment in their life they are so proud of! Parents describe the b’nei mitzvah program as one of the “most special things we do at University.”
In addition to training with Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro and a number of private sessions studying and writing with Rabbi Morley Feinstein and Associate Rabbi Joel Thal Simonds, students have the opportunity to take part in the Golden Kippah Program. This program is a special opportunity for students in the year prior to their bar/bat mitzvah to perform mitzvot above and beyond the norm including: acts of love and kindness, community service, attending services, Torah study and more.
Each bar/bat mitzvah selects a Tzedakah Project as part of his/her entrance into religious adulthood. Some examples of projects our students have chosen are: sending care packages to troops in Iraq; planting trees in Israel to help raise awareness for environmental issues; volunteering at the Miracle Project, a theatre program for kids with special needs; volunteering with Koreh L.A. to help kids learn how to read; working with Heal the Bay to keep our oceans safe; teaching soccer or swimming skills to those unable to afford lessons; and more.