Judaism Your Way Opens 2024 Registration for Customizable Open Tent Be Mitzvah Program

The Youth Be Mitzvah small group learning program is an in-person, two-year program that guides students through the pivotal coming-of-age experience, offering a customizable approach that prioritizes their personal connection to Judaism

DENVER (April 2024) – Registration is now live for Judaism Your Way’s 2024-2025 Open Tent Be Mitzvah youth Be Mitzvah small group learning program. This in-person, two-year cohort experience prepares students for a distinctive, meaningful, and personally curated Be Mitzvah ceremony that focuses on helping youth discover their individual identity within a Jewish context. In-person classes are offered in Colorado (Boulder, Central Denver and South Denver) and in California (San Francisco East Bay area). The culminating Be Mitzvah ceremony is a springboard into how they want to live as Jewish adults taking on more responsibility for themselves, their relationships, and the world around them. Discounted early-bird registration closes on Wednesday, May 13th. Registration will remain open through mid-summer or until classes are full, and space is limited.

With the understanding that words matter, Judaism Your Way intentionally uses “Be” because we encourage students during this pivotal life moment to think about how they want to Be in the world. Throughout the program, students are led through Jewish teachings to develop their spiritual toolkit. In the first year of the small group learning program, this includes classes on Jewish cuisine, art, outdoor activities, and a parent-only class that assists parents in supporting their children through their spiritual maturation. At the end of year one, students follow the path of learning that feels most authentic to their core values and personal connection to the Jewish faith. In the second year of the program, rather than a rigid curriculum that centers on conformity, the Open Tent Be Mitzvah program guides students to craft their own service. The program culminates in a self-designed Be Mitzvah ceremony, marking their transition to adulthood, which can be held in any location.

“Judaism Your Way was founded over twenty years ago by an interfaith couple, Don and Sue Sturm, who were seeking a more inclusive approach to Judaism. Our name guides our organization, and the Be Mitzvah program is no exception. We teach our students about the many ways of being Jewish, to empower them to find a way that is meaningful to them. Since that time, we’ve facilitated hundreds of Be Mitzvah ceremonies that we pride ourselves on for their inclusivity, and we look forward to welcoming in the next cohort,” said Rabbi Amanda Schwartz, Family Life Director at Judaism Your Way.

The organization’s recent expansion to the San Francisco East Bay area in California opens the in-person programming to a new audience of applicants.

For more information and to register for the program, please visit us here.


Judaism Your Way is an open tent, embracing everyone who seeks a connection to Jewish life. Every day, Judaism Your Way shares transformative Jewish experiences and recognizes itself as part of something relevant, whole and sacred. There are many ways to be Jewish. Judaism Your Way respects and includes them all. For more information visit our website, http://www.judaismyourway.org/.

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