The B’nai Mitzvah Revolution - or BMR - couldn’t be happening at a better time.
It seems as if lately, our social media feeds are filled with stories of families struggling to figure out how to acknowledge this ancient ritual, while also making it relevant in 2015.
In response, Rabbi Brad Solmsen, Director of Youth Engagement at the URJ and his BMR co-director Professor Isa Aron of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, are working with congregations to find learning opportunities for students who will see their Jewish journey take-off at the b’nai mitzvah point, not end there. (The BMR is a joint project of the URJ’s Campaign for Youth Engagement and HUC-JIR’s Rhea Hirsch School of Education and its Experiment in Congregational Education.)
“We are looking for systemic change,” said Solmsen. “We want to make the rite more meaningful and more community-oriented,” he said, “without diminishing the child’s personal sense of accomplishment.”