Our Bar/Bas Mitsve Program

In their final school year, Workmen’s Circle students ages 12-13 prepare for their cultural Bar/Bas Mitsve. This unique cultural ceremony is a meaningful alternative to a more traditional synagogue service, and a signature Workmen’s Circle program.

In collaboration with our educators, students dedicate the year to a core project of their choice in preparation for their Bar/Bas Mitsve; past projects include producing an oral history, creating original Yiddish poetry, and researching connections between modern social justice movements and Torah portions.

Students present their projects to family, friends, and the larger school community. This coming-of-age event marks the end of their time as a Workmen’s Circle student, but is just the beginning of a new chapter as Workmen’s Circle members and activists.