The beginning of an adult Jewish journey

Project Bet—JCP’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program—is a program beginning in sixth grade that puts tradition and creativity at its center, celebrating the individuality of every child and the value of community. 

Project Bet University – our weekly pre-teen and teen gathering – for 6th and 7th grade classes will meet weekly on Mondays from 4:30-7:30 PM. 8th grade classes will meet on select Mondays from 6:15-7:45 PM.

Join Project Bet this fall — Register Now!


2018-2019 Project Bet Calendar

MAZEL TOV!

Becoming bar or bat mitzvah is the beginning of an adult Jewish journey and we are so excited that you have chosen to mark this milestone with the JCP family!  For thousands of years, Jewish tradition has recognized that an important transition happens as a child becomes a young adult. While “bar” or “bat” on its own means son or daughter, the phrase “bar mitzvah” or “bat mitzvah” means “age of responsibility.” As children become teenagers, they take on an increased responsibility for their own actions, for their relationship to Jewish tradition, and toward the larger community.

JCP’S PHILOSOPHY

B’nai Mitzvah (the plural form of the word) at JCP is the beginning of an adult Jewish journey. Project Bet—JCP’s B’nai Mitzvah Experience—is a three-year program beginning in sixth grade that puts tradition and creativity at its center, celebrating the individuality of every child and the value of community.

Every child will gain self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment while building an increasing ownership over their young adult identity. This is a beginning, a springboard from which to dive more deeply into what it means to be Jewish over the course of a lifetime.

The Project Bet experience is also a communal one in which all children will ask themselves and each other: what does it mean to grow as a Jewish individual, friend, community member, and global citizen?

PROJECT BET

We call our whole program PROEJCT BET. Not only is “bet” the first letter of bar or bat mitzvah, but it is the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet and the first word of the Torah. B’nai mitzvah is at once a culmination of learning, and also a beginning.

PROJECT BET UNIVERSITY is our weekly pre-teen and teen gathering on Mondays from 4:30 to 7:30 PM* at JCP throughout the school year. Project Bet University is designed as a natural continuation of JCP’s Hebrew School Project and also welcomes students from different Jewish background in sixth grade. We know that children and families often have intense schedules, so we have streamlined b’nai mitzvah preparation. At Project Bet University, the time for tutoring with a b’nai mitzvah educator, meeting with the rabbi, a tikkun olam experience, preparing for the ceremony, and learning and socializing with JCP friends is already carved into the week, all under one roof! Project Bet also includes JCP YOUTH, a monthly opportunity to explore ideas relevant to Jewish teens through unique social activities, leadership opportunities, and the arts in a variety of venues around the City, and celebrate Shabbat with one another and the larger JCP community.

CORE COMPONENTS OF PROJECT BET

 

One-on-one skills preparation (b’nai mitzvah tutoring)

 

Torah study with JCP’s rabbi

 

Relevant and meaningful Jewish learning with peers

 

A personalized tikkun olam (making the world a better place) experience

 

Fun and social youth programming

This is the three-year tuition schedule for Project Bet. Fees include sixth, seventh, and eighth Project Bet University sessions, youth group, individual b’nai mitzvah preparation, and b’nai mitzvah ceremonies with JCP’s rabbi and musician in Lower Manhattan:

  • B’nai Mitzvah Fee Deposit (when reserving a date): $2,500
  • Sixth grade tuition: $4,500
  • Seventh grade tuition: $4,500
  • B’nai Mitzvah Fee Balance (six months before ceremony): $2,500 Eighth grade tuition $1,000

*refundable until two years before the date of the ceremony

JCP strives to address barriers from participation. Please engage us in conversation about any financial support from which your family could benefit.

FOR JEWISH DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS

We are so excited that your child has daily exposure to Jewish learning with their peers. We anticipate that the components of Project Bet that will be the most relevant to your child’s b’nai mitzvah preparation will be:

  • One-on-one skills preparation
  • Torah study with JCP’s Rabbi
  • A personalized tikkun olam experience
  • Fun social youth programming

We are happy to speak with you and your child about joining the other programmatic aspects of Project Bet University.

Here is a tuition and payment schedule for Jewish Day school students that reflects these components only:

  • B’nai Mitzvah Fee Deposit (when reserving a date): $2,500*
  • Sixth grade tuition: $2,250
  • Seventh grade tuition: $2,250
  • B’nai Mitzvah Fee Balance (six months before ceremony): $2,500 Eighth grade tuition $1,000

*refundable until two years before the date of the ceremony

JCP strives to address barriers from participation. Please engage us in conversation about any financial support from which your family could benefit.


JCP strives to address barriers from participation. Please join us in conversation about the particular type of support from which your child or family could benefit.

Questions? We’re here to help.

Erin Beser, Director, Director, Hebrew School Project
ebeser@jcpdowntown.org, 212-334-3522