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Post B’nei Mitzvah Program

Looking for a meaningful post-B’nei Mitzvah Jewish educational experience for your child? Mitzvah Mensches Learning Lab is our social action group for teens ages 13-18 with disabilities and diverse learning needs, where students explore themes of philanthropy and social justice while working in an accessible class environment with 1:1 support.

Social Action through Social Interaction

You worked hard on b’nei mitzvah, and you achieved your goal. Here’s where the fun begins! Now you get to decide what’s important to you and how you’ll make a difference. Join with other teens to experiment with making your unique contribution to the Jewish community!

Mitzvah Mensches Learning Lab (or just Mitzvah Mensches for short) focuses on social action through social interaction. In each session, you’ll engage in meaningful Jewish learning focusing on Jewish values, text, and prayer. Through activities 1:1 with teen volunteers as well as with the whole class, you will learn about philanthropy and how it can be reflected in one — or a combination — of four ways: giving time, advocating for a cause, donating money, and/or contributing to a product.

Over the course of the year, you’ll work with your groupmates to identify and select several causes to support. You’ll use your Jewish knowledge to decide on the best form of philanthropy for each specific situation. Your interest drives the group’s choices, so every year is a totally new experience in the Learning Lab!

Mitzvah Mensches programming takes place at the JCC of Greater Boston at 33 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA.

Class Calendar

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Enrollment and Financial Information

Forms, instructions, and financial information for enrolling both new and returning students in one of Gateways’ Jewish Education Programs.

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Teen Volunteers in Gateways’ Jewish Education Programs

Gateways’ highly-selective Teen Volunteer Program accepts applications from April/May through mid-June. Learn more about our Teen Volunteer Program and find out how to apply.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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