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B'nai Mitzvah Two Year Program • Crossing the River (CTR) 

The Journey: Crossing the River (CTR) Learning 

Together, we will be crossing the river into a new space, a new time and a new land over the next one to two years towards your child becoming a B'nai Mitzvah. Your child is asked to attend our Tuesday afternoon prayer/Torah study online each week and Sunday afternoons throughout the year. 

Helping students develop and cultivate individual thoughts, feelings and spiritual connection is an important part of the B'nai Mitzvah journey. For this to happen, we need to provide and create a welcoming space for our students. Building community is an essential part of the CTR B'nai Mitzvah year. It sustains us and connects us towards creating safe spaces, helping our students stay joyously, Jewishly connected in our community.

CTR Meets on Sundays 2:30pm-5:00pm at Nevei Kodesh and Tuesdays online 4:30pm-6pm

Our areas of learning include:

CTR 1 & 2 


Tikkun Olam: Studying social justice through historical and text-based     ideas

Art: Learning about Jewish art and artists making a difference throughout time           

Heroes: Brave humans throughout time who have through middot, helped make a difference in our world



The Mitzvah of Study 

  • Why do we study Torah?
  • Order/books of the Torah 
  • Weekly parasha study 

Torah and Mitzvot 

  • Tallit, Tefillin + Tzitzit 
  • Weekly parasha study 
  • Identifying mitzvot in each study 

Torah, Talmud + Midrash 

  • Weekly parasha study
  • Identifying middot in the parashiyot and study 

Throughout the Year: Lifecycle & Jewish Living Learning Topics 

• Death + Afterlife in Judaism 

• What are the Four Worlds?

• Jewish by Choice 

• Birth, Bris and Naming  

• Studies and experiential learning for the holidays 




• Cultural + Historical Israel 

• Branches of Judaism

• Shabbat to Havdalah  


CTR Sunday Afternoons • 4:30 - 5pm "Songs + Prayers" Focus

  • Discovering kavannot (meanings) for prayers in the B'nai Mitzvah service
  • Understanding the Four Worlds in connection to the service 
  • Reading and learning tunes for the B'nai Mitzvah service 
  • Community connection + creating sacred space 
  • Parents are welcome to join!



Sat, January 29 2022 27 Shevat 5782