B’nai Mitzvah

B'nai Mitzvah

How Small Choices Can Have Big Impacts

by Marina Sherman B’naiture 2012-2014 graduate B’hootz Teen Mentor 2014-present 19 Sivan 5775 | June 5, 2015 Shabbat Shalom. This week’s Torah portion, Shelach Lecha, includes the famous story of the 12 spies sent to scout the Promised land… At the beginning of the Torah

Countering the Effects of Nature Deficit Disorder

Countering the Effects of Nature Deficit Disorder by Sarai Shapiro 11 Tamuz 5774 | July 9, 2014 When’s the last time you… played hide and seek in the woods listened to the call of the birds followed a deer trail to its

Raising Wise Humans

Raising Wise Humans Learning from the Garden of Eden by Sarai Shapiro, Wilderness Torah Youth Programs Director 5 Adar I 5774 | February 5, 2014 How have you truly learned, grown, and gained wisdom in your life? It is often in taking

Rededicating Our Sacred Fire

Rededicating Our Sacred Fire by Maggid Zelig Golden 30 Kislev 5774 | December 3, 2013 Hanukkah, which means “rededication,” commemorates the Maccabee army’s military victory against the Syrian empire, which had nearly defeated the Jews and temporarily occupied the Temple. After the

Rowan’s Encounter with God

Rowan’s Encounter with God by Rowan Gould-Bayba, B’naiture 2011–13 graduate 6 Kislev 5774 | November 9, 2013 This drash (teaching) starts with a cold dark night. I had just turned 13, and was challenged to go out into the woods alone to

A Critical Time for Jewish Youth: Rethinking the Bar and Bat Mitzvah

by Sarai Shapiro & Zelig Golden August 16, 2013 | 10 Elul 5773 Again and again, we’re seeing the bar and bat mitzvah fail to address the urgent needs teens face today. While current bar and bat mitzvahs often provide a meaningful initiation into Judaism,

Putting B’nai Mitzvah Back Where it Belongs: In Nature

by Maggid Zelig Golden August 8, 2013 | 2 Elul 5773 While often providing a meaningful initiation into Judaism, today’s b’nai mitzvah experience does not meet the urgent needs of many teens, studies reveal. Upwards of 60 percent of Jewish youth consider their b’nai mitzvah

Reawakening the Indigenous Roots of Our B’nai Mitzvah Rite of Passage

by Maggid Zelig Golden & Sarai Shapiro 20 Sivan 5773 | May 29, 2013 “I experience B’naiture, as a parent, through the subtle changes in my daughter, and my relationship with her. It’s in the light that shines brighter after each session, the grace with