Adult B’nai Mitzvah

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Cohort

It is never too late to own your Judaism! Join our Adult B’nai Mitzvah Cohort starting in January 2022 for a journey of Jewish self-exploration and a deeper understanding of your religion.

Did you miss your bar/bat mitzvah as a child?  Do you want to reclaim this moment for yourself as an adult?  Have you converted to Judaism and want to enhance your understanding of your new faith? Are you interested in learning the foundation of Judaism and the magical skill of chanting from the Torah?

In this year-and-a-half long course, we will explore varying topics that are the foundation of Judaism.  The course will start on January 9, 2022 with an eight-week Hebrew intensive class on Sunday mornings. In this two hour per week, 8 session course you will learn how to decode Hebrew, and will be introduced to both biblical Hebrew and modern Hebrew.  Other topics in this program include liturgy, Jewish history, Talmud, Torah and text study, life cycles, and holidays.  The program is built as a strong cohort in which you will journey through this experience with a group of your peers, guided by Rabbi Chabon. 

Each participant will be assigned a hevrutah partner to reinforce both the learning and deepconnections to our peers in this program.  The program will culminate with an Adult B’nai Mitzvah service on May 20, 2023.


Please note: While the individual classes will be open to CBT members and guests, participation in the cohort is reserved for CBT members.

Cohort Fee

     Adult B’nai Mitzvah Cohort Participation Fee* $360

* This cost includes all classes that will be offered through the temple, but does not include materials and a special class that participants will take on their own. 

Individual Class Fees

     6-8 week class (members) $72/class

     6-8 week class (guests) $100/class

If you are not in the cohort, we invite you to join any of the classes on specific topics. Each class is six to eight weeks long.
The first class will be an eight-week Hebrew intensive class that meets for two hours a week on Sunday mornings (01/09, 01/23, 01/30, 02/06, 02/13, 02/27, 03/06, 03/20).

Adult Introduction to Hebrew Reading, Liturgical, and Modern Conversational Hebrew

Meets January 9, 23, & 30; February 6, 13, & 27; March 6 & 20
The first individual course in our Adult B’nai Mitzvah program is Adult Introduction to Hebrew. This course is divided to two parts each session. The first part is dedicated to learning how to decode Hebrew with a focus on the ability to read from the Torah, which is the most difficult Hebrew reaching. The second part of each session is dedicated to learning how to converse in Hebrew, and will also be an introduction to Israeli culture. As a participant you can choose to come to both parts, or just the second one.
This course is designed for adult participants (18 and older) who don’t know how to read, write, or speak Hebrew, and can serve people who are familiar with Hebrew as a refresher. We will focus on learning the Hebrew alphabet and developing basic reading, writing and conversational Hebrew. During this course students will experience the Israeli culture through music, food, language (Israeli slang), geography and some history.
Participants will be given homework assignments to reinforce material learned in the
classroom. Join our class today to develop your Hebrew skills and together we will learn Hebrew!
10:00 -10:50 first part / Hebrew alphabet, learning how to read
10:50 -11:00 break
11:00 -11:50 second part / conversational Hebrew