Create deeply meaningful b’nei mitzvah paths for students with diverse learning needs, using tools, curricula, and resources from Gateways.
B’nei Mitvah Academy Program
Learn about the Gateways B’nei Mitzvah Preparation Program, which prepares students for b’nei mitzvah with a combination of individual tutoring, classroom activities, and a weekly prayer service. Read stories from families who worked with Gateways to achieve this important milestone.
Learning to Read Hebrew
Learn more about the unique multi-sensory approach to teaching Hebrew decoding at Gateways.
Prayers and Blessings with Visual Supports
Prayers with visual supports were created to help make prayers simple, accessible, and understandable for students with a variety of disabilities. In these files, each Hebrew phrase is illustrated by a simple picture symbol (we use Mayer-Johnson Boardmaker symbols). Students with learning needs can follow along with each prayer and learn to understand its meaning using symbol prayers. Assemble these prayers into a Siddur, or use them to create file folder activities.
Learning the Torah Portion
D’var Torah Guides
These guides can be used to support students in writing the D’var Torah for their bar/bat mitzvah by giving them tools and guidelines to express and orgainze their thoughts.
For the Day of the Service
Other Resources for Clergy
You can work directly with a Gateways coach to make your synagogue’s b’nei mitzvah program more inclusive and accessible. Discover our customizable coaching and consultation options.
Inclusive B’nei Mitzvah 101: Begin the Process
Self-reflection questions for clergy to help you get started in your inclusive B’nei Mitzvah journey.
Frequently Asked Questions (Clergy)
Have more questions about inclusive B’nei Mitzvah at Gateways? Check out our B’nei Mitzvah Preparation Program FAQ.
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