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Becoming a bar or bat mitzvah is a momentous milestone for children as they become a young adult within the Jewish community. 

The Matan B’nai Mitzvah Inclusion Guide is a program to teach b’nai mitzvah tutors about inclusion, and help them create meaningful and successful b’nai mitzvah experiences for children of all abilities. 

What comes with the purchase of the Matan B’nai Mitzvah Inclusion Guide?

Everything needed to implement The Matan B’nai Mitzvah Inclusion Guide is contained in the curriculum itself, and can be implemented by any educator or member of clergy.

This guide is intended for a group of tutors to learn together with their facilitator. However, if you are not part of a larger organization or synagogue, and work independently as a b’nai mitzvah tutor, you CAN work through the whole curriculum on your own.)

The curriculum is divided into eight units:

  • Relationship-Building: The Key to Success
  • Teaching Trope and Hebrew to Diverse Learners
  • Tackling the D’var Torah
  • The Main Event
  • Mitzvah Projects
  • Case Studies
  • Navigating the “Big Day”
  • Technology, Virtual Learning and Additional Resources

Each unit should take approximately 30 – 45 minutes to complete, and they all follow the same format:

  • Big Ideas
  • Objectives
  • Materials
  • Accessibility Considerations
  • Facilitator Considerations

While the curriculum is intended to be used in full over eight sessions, facilitators can select individual units if they are unable to do the complete training.

What is the difference between the two options for purchase?

Matan recognizes that some b’nai mitzvah tutors work independently or are the sole person in this role within a synagogue. As a result, there is a Matan B’nai Mitzvah Inclusion Guide for individual use, which can be purchased at a lower price point, and the tutor will be their own facilitator going through the modules. Click here to purchase this option. 

If there are multiple tutors being trained together, we recommend the Matan B’nai Mitzvah Inclusion Guide for organizations/synagogues. This program is designed so that the trainer does not need to have a background in special education. Click here to purchase this option.

Need more ideas on how to incorporate this important training into your synagogue’s inclusion efforts? 

Choose a session to use at a professional development staff meeting, conduct a lesson with teachers and tutors together or select an activity to demonstrate to your lay leaders how you are making b’nai mitzvah inclusion a priority.

Questions? Please contact Meredith Polsky, Senior Director of Programs and Partnerships, at

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