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My Bat Mitzvah Story

Becoming a bat or bar mitzvah is the start of an exciting new chapter in your students’ lives. Use the lesson guides and resources below to help students of all ages and genders explore Jewish identity and history.

Bella Abzug at a Women Strike for Peace Protest

Our Heroes

In this lesson, students have the opportunity to explore different definitions of the word “hero.” They discuss why (and if) heroes are important and do research about individuals they consider to be heroes. Lastly, students are asked to think about which of their own actions could be considered heroic and how they serve as role models for friends, peers, and family members.
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan

Imagining Our Future Selves

In this activity, students will explore the importance of the bat/bar mitzvah in the Jewish life cycle. They will examine events that are or will be important to them throughout their lives and will imagine their future selves in order to reflect on their beliefs and hopes for their lives.
Simchat Torah

Museum of Family History

In this activity, students learn about a part of their own family history and have the opportunity to practice interviewing and writing skills. To showcase their learning, students curate their own museum of family history artifacts.

Giving Hands

Jewish Values in Action

In this activity, students will explore their personal values and develop a deeper understanding of how values inform their identities and actions. This activity makes a great compliment to a service learning project, or an introduction to tikkun olam and other actions that are informed by Jewish values.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "My Bat Mitzvah Story." (Viewed on December 15, 2017) <https://jwa.org/teach/mbms>.

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