More than twenty participants from São Paulo, Maringá, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Maceió met to share the motivations that led them to take this course in their adult life. The ceremony is scheduled for May 2020.
On June 8, twenty participants of the UJR-AmLat Bat and Bar mitzvah course with their partners from São Paulo, Maringá, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Maceió accepted the invitation for a very special lunch at rabbi Ruben’s house. On the occasion, each one expressed the motivations that made them to realize in adult life to choose such a unique course. Their moving story had as a common point the encounter with Judaism.
Our goal is that at the conclusion of the program culminating with the Bat/Bar Mitzvah ceremony in May 2020, each of these students will be able to contribute to the development of a more meaningful Judaism in their communities.
“The course is incredible … A whirlwind of knowledge, the interactive relationship with the group by Internet is a very pleasant surprise. The lecturers are kindling my hunger for knowledge. I feel that I belong more and more to a new place as a Jew.”
Tina Tigre, Rio de Janeiro
“I am taking the opportunity to study Judaism, its traditions and nuances, reviewing concepts from a mature and critical perspective. We could call it a reconnection.”
Gisela Vaiboim Resnitzky, Rio de Janeiro
“The Bat/Bar mitzvah program also welcomes those who have been part of this ceremony in the past, but are looking for an immersion into several Jewish themes as adults… It is a unique experience using the Reform Jewish light.”
Walter Strebinger, São Paulo
“I was Bat Mitzvah at 12 years old… and now, I am back to a bat mitzvah program… I am discovering that to rethink our spiritual coming of age as an is important; I am living the changes in my personal unchanging Jewish tradition. New teachers, old and new Jewish fonts, lots of new knowledge; a new version of oneself under Jewish optics.”
Rivy Plapler Tarandach, Maringá