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2017 Shaarei Mitzvah          2018 Shaarei Mitzvah          2019 Shaarei Mitzvah

Shaarei Mitzvah directly translates to “Gates of Mitzvah” and is the PSJC program for students in their bnai mitzvah year and their families. We begin in the spring of the 6th grade year with one or two gatherings to kick-off our joint exploration into the bnai mitzvah process and what it means to enter into Jewish adulthood. Throughout the 7th grade year,  students participate in a variety of experiences at PSJC and in settings around New York City. Student experiences may include the Lower East Side Scavenger Hunt, an exploration of Borough Park, and a Tzedakah workshop with the American Jewish World Service.  Additionally, there are workshops on how to write and give a dvar Torah, guest speakers, and more!  Families join together for Shabbat meals and programs that explore Jewish identity, family values, community building, and more. Parent sessions with Rabbi Carie allow parents to discuss what the bnai mitzvah process means to them. Shaarei Mitzvah is for all students and their families who are planning to have their bnai mitzvah at Park Slope Jewish Center.

*Note, on weekends when there is a Shaarei Mitzvah event on Shabbat, students enrolled in the PSJC Hebrew School do not have class that Sunday.

2017 Shaarei Mitzvah

Shaarei Mitzvah Student Experiences

Sunday, September 18 l 9:00AM

Start this year off with an act of Tzedek, justice, as we head to the local Masbia soup kitchen to help prepare lunch for those less fortunate than us.

Sunday, October 16th l 9:00AM

Prepare to celebrate Sukkot with a field trip to Boro Park to purchase lulavim and etrogim for the community. Experience the bustle of an Orthodox neighborhood on Erev Chag and use the mitzvah of Hiddur Mitzvah to pick out the most beautiful etrog.

Wednesday, November 2nd  l 4:00PM (promptly; students will return to PSJC at 6:30PM)

Shaarei Mitzvah journeys to the Forward to learn about the history of the country's first Jewish paper and the role of the Jewish press in the 21st century.  With a presidential election one week away, it's sure to be an interesting afternoon! 

Wednesday, December 7th | 4:30PM

 

Students will join Rabbi Carie for a session on how to write and present a dvar Torah. From finding the section of the parsha that most interests you to how to look at your audience while speaking, this is a "not miss" for everyone.

 

Sunday, December 18th | 9:00AM

 

Learn about the importance of marking transitions in our lives while visiting the Upper West Side Mikvah. Facilitators from ImmerseNYC will share the history of the mikvah in the Jewish Community and it's traditional role, as well as ways that contemporary Jewish life is reinvsioning its use.

 

Sunday, January 8th | 9:00AM

 

Wednesday, February 15th  l 4:30PM

 

Rabbi Carie will help us think more deeply about our Bnai MITZVAH projects and to better understand how me might most effectively give tzedakah. 

 

Sunday, March 5th | 9:00AM

 

Journey to Bushwick to explore the power of Art and Prophecy in a community. Using the central themes of the Amidah we'll look at universal themes in prayer and community building, as we explore the graffiti art that Bushwick is known for.

 

Sunday, April 23rd | 9:00AM

We will explore sites of Jewish heritage on a Lower East Side scavenger hunt.  Come explore sites that were part of the daily lives of many Jews in their early years in this country.  Sites will include Streits Matzo Factory, the Eldridge St. Synagogue, and the Tenement Museum, and more.

 


Family Cohort Gatherings

Friday, September 23rd l 6:30PM

We will come together (students and families) to welcome in Shabbat with a potluck dinner and program which allows us to explore the values that are most important to us as individuals and as families.

Friday, November 18th l 6:30PM

We will join with Cantor Judy and PSJC community and welcome Shabbat. Shaarei Mitzvah families will join together after services for a potluck dinner and program.

Sunday, January 15th | 11:00AM

Shaarei Mitzvah families are encouraged to participate with the PSJC community at our MLK Day of Service. Shaarei Mitzvah students will be charged with taking a leadership role for one of the projects and coordinating the volunteering on the day of, with the help of parents and other volunteers.

Saturday, February 4th l 5:30PM*

Join Rabbi Carie for a Seudat Shlishit - the third meal of Shabbat - and havdallah. Then we'll watch Keeping Up with the Steins and have an interactive program and discussion about the role of "the party" and the bat/bar mitzvah.

Saturday, March 18th l 1:00PM

Join Shaarei Mitzvah families at Shabbat services at PSJC and stay for a potluck lunch and program with Rabbi Carie and our rabbinic intern. 

Friday, June 9th l 6:30PM

6th and 7th Grade families will join together for services and dinner to celebrate the end of the year, to share wisdom from their experiences and ask questions about the bnai mitzvah process, and to make connections.

2018 Bnai Mitzvah

If you missed the date selection meeting in January or would like a new copy of the bnai mitzvah folder, please contact the office. For information on tutors, you can email Rabbi Carie.  

Sunday, January 8th | 9:00AM - 1:00PM

Start the Shaarei Mitzvah experience with an act of Tzedek, justice, as we head to the local Masbia soup kitchen to help prepare lunch for those less fortunate than us.

Sunday, February 12th | 9:30AM - 12:30PM

Students take charge in putting together the annual Tzedakah Fair. Sessions will be scheduled with the Hebrew School students (that all bnai mitzvah students are invited to attend) to talk about picking an organization to raise money for, learning about how fundraising works, and exploring how to "sell" their organization. Then we'll create posters and collect money from the entire PSJC community.

Sunday, March 5th | 11:00AM - 12:30PM

Families will join with Rabbi Carie to talk about the meaning behind the bnai mitzvah process and how you want to make the most out of it as a family.

Sunday, April 23rd | 9:00AM - 1:00PM

Field trip TBD

Friday, June 9th | 6:30PM - 9:00PM

6th and 7th Grade families will join together for services and dinner to celebrate the end of the year, to share wisdom from their experiences and ask questions about the bnai mitzvah process, and to make connections.

2019 Bnai Mitzvah

Bnai Mitzvah Date Selection Meeting and Information Session

Sunday, January 8 l 11:00 AM

Email rabbicarie@psjc.org with questions or concerns.

Thu, September 21 2017 1 Tishrei 5778