Join the EDCJCC’s inaugural Tzedek B’nai Mitzvah Fellowship!
Organizing a bar/bat mitzvah is always exciting, sometimes stressful, and usually a ton of work. An important component of every teen’s journey to “Jewish adulthood” is a mitzvah project to connect their emerging Jewish identity to Judaism’s call to serve others. The EDCJCC’s Tzedek B’nai Mitzvah Fellowship is here to facilitate that process in a fun, engaging, and stress-free way!
Over the span of 5 Sunday group sessions and two optional mentorship sessions, teens will engage in hands-on volunteering at sites around the DC area, learn about systems of inequality and avenues for advocacy, and build friendships with their cohort. They will finish the fellowship with a greater understanding of equity issues in our community, Jewish teachings around service and social justice, and how they can use their own personal strengths and passions to engage in change-making beyond their bar/bat mitzvahs.
Participation in the fellowship also includes 2 optional personal mentorship sessions with a staff member from the EDCJCC’s Center for Social Responsibility* for teens who wish to construct mitzvah projects beyond the fellowship experience and/or to connect the fellowship to their specific bar/bat mitzvah learning.
Who: This program is open to teens ages 11-13 who are on their b’nai mitzvah journey.
When: The program will meet during the following times:
Sunday, November 6, 2:30 PM-5:00 PM
Sunday, December 4, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Sunday, January 22, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Sunday, February 12, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Sunday, March 19, 2:30 PM-5:00 PM
Where: Drop off and pick up for most sessions is at the EDCJCC located at 1529 16th St. NW. The EDCJCC will provide transportation to any service sites outside of Northwest DC.
Registration: The total cost for this program is $250. This program fee includes snacks, transportation to all volunteer sites outside of Northwest DC, and all materials needed for 5 meaningful service learning sessions.
Additional Info: Some of our social service partners require proof of Covid-19 vaccination so we ask that all participants in this program have proof of vaccination in order to participate. While masking at the EDCJCC is currently optional, we encourage each participant to do what is most comfortable for them. We will communicate individual requirements around masking at each of the service sites with you prior to each Sunday program.
*The EDCJCC’s Center for Social Responsibility has provided meaningful volunteer and learning opportunities in the DMV around topics including racial equity, affordable housing, refugee and asylum seeker issues, and food security for more than 35 years.