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The Matan B’nai Mitzvah Inclusion Guide is a program designed to teach b’nai mitzvah tutors about inclusion, and help them create meaningful and successful b’nai mitzvah experiences for children of all abilities. Everything you need 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.
(Note: 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 Matan B’nai Mitzvah Inclusion Guide is divided into 8 units:
1. Relationship-Building: The Key to Success
2. Teaching Trope and Hebrew to Diverse Learners
3. Tackling the D’var Torah
4. The Main Event
5. Mitzvah Projects
6. Case Studies
7. Navigating the “Big Day”
8. Technology, Virtual Learning and Additional Resources
Each unit should take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete, and they all follow the same format:
1. Big Ideas
4. Accessibility Considerations
5. Facilitator Considerations
While the curriculum is intended to be used in full over 8 sessions, facilitators can “pick and choose” units if they do not have enough training time set aside.
Need more ideas? 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.
This curriculum is now available for purchase!
Email Meredith@matankids.org for more info.
B’nai Mitzvah Inclusion Guide FAQ’s
Yes! This training program is specifically designed so that someone without a special education background can implement it. We have provided background information, context and talking points for the facilitator for exactly that reason.
While the B’nai Mitzvah Inclusion Guide is best implemented as a whole curriculum, you can absolutely “pick and choose” the sections you use based on your allotted time and the skills of your educators.
Yes! Once you purchase the curriculum, it is yours to use in whatever way you see fit. You might have a “core group” of b’nai mitzvah tutors you are training, and invite other professionals to join when it feels most applicable.
We have a separate (lower) price point for people just like you! You can purchase Matan’s B’nai Mitzvah Inclusion Guide and be your own facilitator, going through all of the modules as you would do in a group setting. Alternatively, you can contact us to let us know you are interested in joining a training group.
Please email Meredith@matankids.org with any additional questions!