B’Nei Mitzvah

About ARK Centre:

ARK Centre’s mission is to provide Authentic Orthodox Judaism in the Modern World. In everything we do we are committed to providing relevant and meaningful avenues for members of the community to engage with their Judaism and spirituality.

Through our openness and inclusive approach to Judaism, ARK Centre has redefined the 21st Century synagogue within the context of Modern Orthodoxy and with a greater focus on community needs, with our multi-purpose space, that provides a home for enrichment and engagement. The whole community is welcome to come together to participate in all we have on offer.

Over seven years in East Hawthorn, and three years at Cato St, ARK Centre has grown to be more than just a meeting place, or a shule – it is the centre of Jewish life in our area, stretching out to hundreds of Jewish families who are looking for somewhere to feel free to express their Jewishness in their own unique way.

Fundamentally, we’re delivering to a need that exists in our community. We pride ourselves on not being like everyone else. To learn more please see our FAQs at: https://thearkcentre.org.au/about-us/

Our Approach to B’Nei Mitzvah

The Ark Centre’s  B’Nei Mitzvah Program has run successfully for many years. We have refined our program and are excited to deliver a new and improved version for 2018.

The Program has been designed to be inclusive, educational, interactive, relevant and a lot of fun!

Those who participate cement and forge friendships with people from different schools and backgrounds as well as exploring their own identity – that is their Jewish identity and as a young person in today’s world. And they do so through creative and engaging sessions that are very different to how they learn at school.

The key elements of this Program are as follows:

  • Led by Rabbi Gabi Kaltmann, Rabbi for Programs and Engagement. Rabbi Gabi is young and enthusiastic with significant experience in conducting youth programs. He delivers each session with energy and approachability and very quickly students find, in him, someone who is not just a religious leader and mentor but someone they can engage with, have fun with and respect.
  • The Program has been designed to strike a balance between religious and humanist components. It is designed to help these young adults explore what is relevant and meaningful to them, consider the world from different perspectives and learn about some aspects of religious life that will become increasingly important as they become Bar and Bat Mitzvah.
  • Sessions are a mix of learning and experience. Participants will be encouraged to think creatively, have a lot of fun and explore what is meaningful to them as Jews and as citizens of the world.
  • Sessions are age-appropriate. Participants are not treated like little kids nor like University students. Learning is not conducted in a classroom environment rather via creative, fun activities and ways of exploring interesting and relevant topics.

To learn more please contact Rabbi Gabi on rabbigabi@arkcentre.com.au or contact the office on office@arkcentre.com.au

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