B’nai Mitzvah Mesimot Program

Make your Bar/Bat Mitzvah Last More Than One Day, Israeli style!

Please Join Us For An Information Session On September 30 at 8:00pm

New to 2020-21

A program for 6th and 7th Graders

THE B'NAI MITZVAH MESIMOT (PROJECTS)

An enrichment experience intended to compliment (not replace) your synagogue’s bar/bat mitzvah learning and activities

New to 2020-21

Make your Bar/Bat Mitzvah Last More Than One Day, Israeli style!

A program for 6th and 7th Graders

THE B'NAI MITZVAH MESIMOT (PROJECTS)

An enrichment experience intended to compliment (not replace) your synagogue’s bar/bat mitzvah learning and activities

Please Join Us For An Information Session On September 30 at 8:00pm

In Israel, the B’nai & B’not Mitzvah is an ongoing cultural event that involves family, friends and the community. It is an opportunity to revive family heritage, and many times will include a community service project and/or a physical challenge component (such as hiking) and getting rooted with nature.

Join us and become a part of a teen group, inspired by this Israeli approach. Our group of teens will meet 7 times during the school year, including an introductory meeting and a one-day family concluding the program. Together we will have 5 teen activity days focused on the following themes:

  ^ “SURVIVOR” – experiencing the outdoors and learning about survival

  ^ “Iron Chef” – heritage thorough cooking, including a visit to the Westside Market

  ^ Personal Responsibility and Leadership – including a visit to Spirit of Leadership Horse farm in Novelty, Ohio.

  ^ Minding my environment through mindfulness and emotional resiliency – including a visit to the Upcycle Workshop.

  ^Fun day celebrating independence – teens and Shinshinim

Activities will take place once a month on a Sunday afternoon. Each meeting will be around 3-5 hours long, depending on the activity. At the time of each activity we will follow COVID-19 guidelines provided by the State of Ohio, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, and the CDC. We may be physically distant, but we will be socially connected.

Join us for this yearlong hands-on experience that celebrates a unique life cycle event in a Jewish teen’s life: B’nai & B’not Mitzvah. This program is a community-based addition to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah learning and experiences in your home synagogue.

Cost: $112 for Girls and $113 for Boys. (Additional charges for Family activities-TBD). Scholarship are available.

Activities will take place once a month on a Sunday afternoon. Each meeting will be around 3-5 hours long, depending on the activity. At the time of each activity we will follow COVID-19 guidelines provided by the State of Ohio, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, and the CDC. We may be physically distant, but we will be socially connected.

The Project Educator

Mirit Balkan

Mirit Balkan, a Mom of 3 (14,12,7) arrived in Cleveland a decade ago from Israel. She brings with her over twenty years of experience in group facilitation with expertise in Conflict Transformation and Peace Building. Mirit worked at The Yitzhak Rabin center and Gilo center for Civic Society and Democracy in Israel, and at The Jewish Federation of Cleveland as a Program Manager for 7 years.

Mirit is currently a graduate of The Weathered school of Management at Case University in the Leadership Deep Dive track and committed for independent study of Talmud, Positive Psychology, and mindfulness.

She has been the mentor and facilitator for IAC –Gvanim Community Leadership program, and is continuously looking for ways to create significant dialogues and meaning for individuals and groups.

In Israel, the B’nai & B’not Mitzvah is more than one day or a big party – it is an ongoing cultural event that involves family, friends and the community. It is an opportunity to revive family heritage, and many times will include a community service project and/or a physical challenge component (such as hiking) and getting rooted with nature.

Join us and become a part of a unique teen group, inspired by this Israeli approach. Our group of teens will meet 7 times during the school year, including an introductory meeting and a one-day family retreat concluding the program. Together we will have 5 teen activity days focused on the following themes:

  ^ “SURVIVOR” – transition from childhood to adulthood by experiencing the outdoors and learning about survival.

  ^ “Iron Chef” – exploring heritage thorough cooking, including a visit to the Westside Market.

  ^ Personal Responsibility and Leadership – including a visit to Spirit of Leadership Horse farm in Novelty, Ohio.

  ^ Minding my environment through mindfulness and emotional resiliency – including a visit to the Upcycle Workshop.

  ^Fun day celebrating independence – teens and Shinshinim only!

Activities will take place once a month on a Sunday afternoon. Each meeting will be around 3-5 hours long, depending on the activity. At the time of each activity we will follow COVID-19 guidelines provided by the State of Ohio, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, and the CDC. We may be physically distant, but we will be socially connected.

Join us for this yearlong hands-on experience that celebrates a unique life cycle event in a Jewish teen’s life: B’nai & B’not Mitzvah. 

Cost: $112 for Girls and $113 for Boys. (Additional charges for Family activities-TBD). Scholarship are available.

The Project Educator

Mirit Balkan

Mirit Balkan, a Mom of 3 (14,12,7) arrived in Cleveland a decade ago from Israel. She brings with her over twenty years of experience in group facilitation with expertise in Conflict Transformation and Peace Building. Worked at The Yitzhak Rabin center and Gilo center for Civic society and Democracy in Israel, and at The Jewish Federation of Cleveland as a Program Manager for 7 years.

Mirit is a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant ® – she performs and co- creates ceremonies for clients, bringing meaning and connection to different life cycle events, such as memorials, milestone birthdays and more.

Mirit has successfully completed 3 units of CPE – Clinical Pastoral Education, at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. She is in the process of becoming a certified Chaplain by NAJC – the professional organization of Jewish chaplains.

Mirit is currently a graduate of The Weathered school of Management at Case University in the Leadership Deep Dive track and committed for independent study of Talmud, Positive Phycology, and mindfulness.

She has been the mentor and facilitator for IAC –Gvanim community Leadership program, and is continuously looking for ways to create significant dialogues and meaning for individuals and groups.

In Israel, the B’nai & B’not Mitzvah is an ongoing cultural event that involves family, friends and the community. It is an opportunity to revive family heritage, and many times will include a community service project and/or a physical challenge component (such as hiking) and getting rooted with nature.

Join us and become a part of a teen group, inspired by this Israeli approach. Our group of teens will meet 7 times during the school year, including an introductory meeting and a one-day family concluding the program. Together we will have 5 teen activity days focused on the following themes:

  ^ “SURVIVOR” – experiencing the outdoors and learning about survival

  ^ “Iron Chef” – heritage thorough cooking, including a visit to the Westside Market

  ^ Personal Responsibility and Leadership – including a visit to Spirit of Leadership Horse farm in Novelty, Ohio.

  ^ Minding my environment through mindfulness and emotional resiliency – including a visit to the Upcycle Workshop.

  ^Fun day celebrating independence – teens and Shinshinim

Activities will take place once a month on a Sunday afternoon. Each meeting will be around 3-5 hours long, depending on the activity. At the time of each activity we will follow COVID-19 guidelines provided by the State of Ohio, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, and the CDC. We may be physically distant, but we will be socially connected.

Join us for this yearlong hands-on experience that celebrates a unique life cycle event in a Jewish teen’s life: B’nai & B’not Mitzvah. This program is a community-based addition to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah learning and experiences in your home synagogue.

Cost: $112 for Girls and $113 for Boys. (Additional charges for Family activities-TBD). Scholarship are available.

Activities will take place once a month on a Sunday afternoon. Each meeting will be around 3-5 hours long, depending on the activity. At the time of each activity we will follow COVID-19 guidelines provided by the State of Ohio, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, and the CDC. We may be physically distant, but we will be socially connected.

The Project Educator

Mirit Balkan

Mirit Balkan, a Mom of 3 (14,12,7) arrived in Cleveland a decade ago from Israel. She brings with her over twenty years of experience in group facilitation with expertise in Conflict Transformation and Peace Building. Mirit worked at The Yitzhak Rabin center and Gilo center for Civic Society and Democracy in Israel, and at The Jewish Federation of Cleveland as a Program Manager for 7 years.

Mirit is currently a graduate of The Weathered school of Management at Case University in the Leadership Deep Dive track and committed for independent study of Talmud, Positive Psychology, and mindfulness.

She has been the mentor and facilitator for IAC –Gvanim Community Leadership program, and is continuously looking for ways to create significant dialogues and meaning for individuals and groups.