It’s a bittersweet time of year here at Adventure Rabbi headquarters. 31 students have graduated in this year’s Adventure B’nai Mitzvah Class. We climbed mountains, snowshoed through blizzards and camped amidst the red rock of Moab. We learned to make matzah ball soup and to change car tires and diapers. We learned how to celebrate Shabbat in a way that was both meaningful and realistic. We made new friends and learned a lot about ourselves and Judaism.
Now the class has ended, friendship bracelets have been tied, and we enter the season of celebrations! Weekend after weekend, our graduates take their turn chanting from the Torah, sharing words of wisdom in D’var Shana (words about the year) and expertly leading Shabbat services as they become Bar and Bat Mitzvah. We sing with them, overflowing with pride at all they have accomplished.
Meanwhile, next year’s potential students come into the office for entrance interviews, filled with hope that they will get to be part of this extraordinary experience. We greet them, meet them and do our best to select the ones that will be part of next year’s Adventure B’nai Mitzvah class. Then, once again, we will start climbing mountains and exploring the desert as we seek to discover a Jewish practice that is meaningful, connecting and inspiring.
There are only 3 spots left in the 2017-2018 Adventure B’nai Mitzvah Class, which begins in August. For more information, visit http://www.adventurerabbi.org/rabbi/bar_bat_mitzvah_boulder_denver_class.htm