The LA Cohort

Supported by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, eight congregations from the LA area are participating in the BMR LA Cohort.

The LA Cohort consists of congregations from multiple movements that meet on a regular basis with a congregational liaison to rethink approaches to b’nai mitzvah and prepare to launch small experiments.

In addition to working in congregational teams, all 10 congregations will meet in person four times times over the course of a year to network, learn from each other and experts, and provide support and feedback to peers.

More about the BMR LA Cohort

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Which congregations are participating in the LA Cohort?

Ikar (Independent)
Kehillath Israel (Reconstructionist)
Stephen S Wise Temple* (Reform)
Temple Akiba** (Reform)
Temple Aliyah (Conservative)
Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills (Reform)
Temple Isaiah* (Reform)
Temple Israel of Hollywood (Reform)
Temple Kol Tikvah** (Reform)
Temple Beth Am (Conservative)
Adat Ari El (Conservative)
Shomrei Torah  (Conservative)

*Member of the Pilot Cohort
**Member of the Active Learning Network

Why a local cohort?

Congregations in the LA Cohort have the unique opportunity to link silos in their efforts to revolutionize b’nai mitzvah. By working with colleagues in a similar geographical area, the congregations will strengthen their networks across denominations towards the ultimate goal of creating meaningful and long-lasting experiences for youth and their families.


The Family Impact Study

Congregations in the LA and Pilot Cohorts have the opportunity to learn from their families about the impact that their experiments will have over the course of three years. To learn more about this project, click here.


LA Cohort Study Group

An LA cohort-only study group is being created to delve into the intersection of the Jewish tradition and the family dynamics of early adolescents, and to imagine an experiment you might undertake in your congregation. If you are interested in joining the study group, please contact Laura Novak Winer.

In order to participate in the study group we ask each congregation to:

  • Send at least two participants (one lay, the other professional)
  • Participate in any preparatory reading that will be sent out ahead of time
  • Commit to joining us a small number of study sessions at times to be mutually determined by the group participants

Study Group Materials


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