Adult Secular B'Mitzvah
October 2021 – May 2022
14 Bi-weekly Sessions
Note: New Start Date
First Session: October 26, 2021
Culminating in an (optional) group ceremony
October 2021 – May 2022
Tuesday evenings, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Starts: October 26, 2021
$590 Solidarity rate
$540 Sustainer rate
$490 Community rate
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Are you an adult seeking a Jewish learning experience?
Did you miss the opportunity to have a bat/bar mitzvah?
Were you unable to have a bat/bar mitzvah because of gender or were you misgendered at your bat/bar mitzvah?
Did you have a bat/bar mitzvah but are seeking a different experience?
Do you have a Jewish family member and want to learn more?
Welcome to this opportunity to build your personal relationship to Jewish life!
We will explore our unique, progressive (Jewish) identities in the twenty-first century as
responses to what came before us and the kind of world we want to build. What stories do Jews
tell about ourselves? What can Jewishness/ Judaism(s) offer us on our own life journeys?
Drawing on a set of texts from across the centuries and around the world, we will critically examine where “tradition” comes from and what it might mean to us in a secular Jewish
context. We will explore key moments and narratives in Jewish history; deepen our relationship
to the Jewish calendar and holidays; and engage in hands-on activities and discussions that
will bring us deeper insights about ourselves and our communities. We do not assume prior knowledge of Jewishness or Judaisms.
This course will be held on Zoom. Each class meeting will include learning activities that invite you away from the screen for breaks, to help counter our collective Zoom fatigue. Study of texts, artworks, and historical documents will be accompanied by creative, mindful, and collaborative prompts that
will get you making digital co-creations, art, writing, stretching, and possibly cooking apart together!
The Adult Secular B’Mitzvah program is for those 18 years old and up, seeking a student-centred Jewish
learning experience and to be part of a community of learners. The program will include an optional research project and a group graduating ceremony with participants’ friends and families. We invite folks local and not local to Toronto to participate. This year’s program will have a cross-Canada focus with attention to issues of Indigneity and Judaism across Turtle Island.
Here is a link to the program from the 2020-2021 ABM Ceremony: http://tiny.cc/ASBMProgram2021
The Morris Winchevsky School is one of Toronto’s oldest Jewish institutions. We run a secular part-time Jewish School (preschool to B’Mitzvah), focused on social justice. Our curriculum explores Jewishness
as a civilization with a rich history, culture, practice, and a dedication to ethics.
Course Facilitator: Sharoni Sibony is an experienced and enthusiastic educator across multiple disciplines. After completing her BA and MA at the University of Toronto, she pursued a PhD in English Literature at Indiana University. She worked and volunteered for nearly a decade in Jewish educational programming and event management at the Jewish Community Centres of Toronto, Ashkenaz
Festival, Limmud Toronto, and the Ontario Jewish Archives: Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre. She has been a lecturer, tour guide, pottery instructor, and book club facilitator in various venues across
the Toronto community. She is excited to share her passions for Jewish life, history, arts, and culture with the MWS community.
Classes will be held on the following Tuesday evenings:
November 9, 23
January 11, 25
February 8, 22
March 8, 22
April 5, 19
May 3, 17
TBD May 28 - June 2 Group Ceremony
Visit the Adult Secular B’nai Mitzvah Facebook page!