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Revolutionizing the Bar/Bat Mitzvah

A “far out” bar mitzvah video that went viral reminds us of the extravagance and poor taste of some celebrations. But what if the problem is more fundamental? Could how we prepare children and their families for b’nai mitzvah be the root cause? If it is, what can we do to revolutionize b’nai mitzvah preparation? […]

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From HuffPost Live: Oy Gevalt: Reinventing the Bar Mitzvah

As Judaism loses devout followers and more Bar Mitzvahs focus largely on the over-the-top parties, leaders of Reform Judaism are trying to make Bar Mitzvahs more about faith and celebrating the Jewish community. But how do you change the focus? Hear from Rabbi Bradley Solmsen on HuffPost Live Originally aired on September 9, 2013

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Bar Mitzvahs Get New Look to Build Faith

The New York Times recognized the work of the B’nai Mitzvah Revolution in a piece featuring co-directors Rabbi Bradley Solmsen and Dr. Isa Aron, and Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Vice President of the Union for Reform Judaism. Read the full article on the New York Times website.

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B’nai Mitzvah Revolution featured at Network for Research in Jewish Education Conference

Action researchers representing three Reform congregations from the B’nai Mitzvah Revolution’s Pilot Cohort were invited to present in a spotlight panel at the Network for Research in Jewish Education’s annual conference held this week in New York. Co-directors Rabbi Bradley Solmsen and Isa Aron, along with BMR researchers Diane T. Schuster and Josh Yarden, convened the […]

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The Active Learning Network has Begun

Knowing how to start a conversation is sometimes the most difficult part.  That challenge is not deterring the nearly 70 URJ congregations that are about to get talking as part of the B’nai Mitzvah Revolutions Active Learning Network.

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The Revolution Has Been Televised

We’re on TV! And not just any TV… we’re on Shalom TV! Check out the piece on the Revolution from Shalom TV’s August 27 daily news update. (Video embedded after the jump.)

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You Say You Want a (B’nai Mitzvah) Revolution?

Why do so many synagogues struggle with Hebrew instruction, t’fillah education, and post-b’nai mitzvah celebration? We have come to believe that these challenges — and others, too — are all related to one deep-seated problem: Jewish learning prior to age 13 is driven by the bar/bat mitzvah celebration.

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