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Kivunim B’nei Mitzvah weekend is full of fun, discussion and learning

The latest Kivunim B’nei Mitzvah weekend for young people from the smaller Reform communities was held at Whitemoor Lakes Activity Centre in Lichfield.

Twenty-four children from years 7 and 8 were involved, as part of a two-year programme to learn about Progressive Judaism and prepare for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, along with peers from up and down the country.

The syllabus focuses on Jewish identity, tikkun olam, community, Jewish ritual and informed decision making.

Elena Izmailova – the Movement for Reform Judaism’s Community Youth and Education Coordinator – said: “It was an amazing weekend full of fun, discussion and learning. The time we spent together with our Kivunim was something everyone will always remember.”

It was the final session for the year 8 group of 12 to 13-year-olds who all completed the course successfully. Their reward is a Theme Park celebration in July.

RSY-Netzer Movement Worker Amy Roberts said: “Leading on Kivunim was a super fun experience. My highlights included the site activities, learning new games, and playing lots of Uno with the Chanichimot! I also loved having engaging discussions and creating a fun Jewish community with everyone.”

There are Kivunim communities from Cornwall to Glasgow offering a total of four residential weekends of adventure and kef (fun). It allows the young people to meet with others from their age groups often forming lifelong friendships.

Post B’nei Mitzvah they can move on to summer and winter RSY-Netzer events, and explore the opportunity to become community leaders themselves.

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