Bat and Bar Mitzvah

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Tuition for the program is: $5,500.00
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A Student-Navigated Adventure

A Bat or Bar Mitzvah (a daughter or son of the commandments) is a transition from childhood to a more mature commitment to living Jewish values. The community witnesses and supports this rite of passage at the ceremony, and celebrates together at the kiddush.

While the group aspects of our program are designed for early teenagers, this transition can occur at any age when they are ready for this responsibility. A typical scenario would be for students to join us in the fall, as they enter sixth or seventh grade.

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah’s journey begins with personal learning, expands to learning with a mentor, and grows to participating with community as a fully integrated member.

Community Building

Relationships among students and families are nurtured at every step along this journey. Families give and receive support by forming a chavurah (community group) that gathers monthly for discussions, services, workshops, and special events. Students form their own community of peers that meets regularly throughout the full two years and often beyond. The Chochmat HaLev community is prepared to support the continued learning and engagement of our students and families well beyond the B’nai Mitzvah years.

For more information, contact Marla Kolman Antebi, at 510-704-9687 or send email to

Marla Kolman Antebi

Marla is founder and director of the Torat HaLev school at Chochmat HaLev. She is a Jewish educator, community organizer, group facilitator and peace activist. She has a B.A. in Child Development, an M.S.W. in Community Organizing, and received smicha (ordination) as a Morah L’Hitbodedut, a teacher of Jewish Meditation. For over 15 years she has run programs and workshops for all ages on the local, national and international levels.

Reb Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks

Brian serves at Chochmat HaLev in Berkeley teaching meditation and Jewish spirituality, leading musical prayer and conducting the musicians. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Composition from the Eastman School of Music. He received smicha (ordination) as Minister of Sacred Music from Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, as well as Teacher of Jewish Meditation from
Chochmat HaLev.