Writing My Chapter
A Bar/Bat Mitzvah Journey

Embarking on a Journey!
Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations are an important milestone, as teens become independent members of the Jewish people. Our program includes 12 chapters which help to understand different elements of Jewish identity and culture and prepare for celebration.

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Embracing Tradition and Celebration


How does the program work?

The NLI Bar/Bat Mitzvah Journey includes 12 chapters that touch upon various elements of Jewish identity and culture through selected treasures from our archives and collections. In chapter 13 the learners will have an opportunity to share a primary source of their own – an authentic presentation of their personal experience, thus adding their link in the chain of history.

You can download and print the program PDF for off-line use or embark on a Bar / Bat Mitzvah Journey on-line by clicking on the map.

Throughout the program, the participants will document their unique journey in a digital scrapbook we have designed especially for them. There they can add and share their personal reflections and experiences by creating and collecting the elements that make this milestone meaningful to them!

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Graphic concept and design: Kfir Malka Visual Communication
Illustration: Shira Baruch-Malka
Content Development: Emily Shapiro
Project Management: Shuvi Hoffman
Our Gallery
Visit the gallery of primary sources, see what others have shared, and get a glimpse into their piece of the story!
What does this program include?
  • Primary sources from the treasures of the National Library (such as photographs, maps, letters, speeches, cartoons)

  • Guiding Discussion Questions

  • Activity Ideas

  • Interactive Scrapbook template

What age group is this program for?

We believe that this program is suitable for ages 11-14.

Does the program have to be used in its totality?

This program can be used in full, or in part, in any order.

How much does the program cost?

The program is free of charge.

How can this program be used?

This program can be used in a number of different contexts, facilitated by an educator or family member:
In person or virtual study one-on-one study
In person or virtual small groups
In person or virtual classroom learning

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