Bat and Bar Mitzvah Program

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IMG_6278_640pxA Student-Navigated Adventure for the Whole Family

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. It is a rite of passage witnessed, supported at the ceremony, and celebrated by community at the kiddush, a time when students have acquired some wisdom and are ready to teach something from their unique perspectives.

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

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. See more information on a recent service project.

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 — we hope — 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

To Register:

step1Determine your payment plan.
Tuition for the program is: $5,500
Refundable Deposit: $500
TOTAL COST: $6,000
Read more about tuition, payment options, and what is included here.


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marla 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.