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The Matan B’nai Mitzvah Inclusion Guide is a program designed to teach b’nai mitzvah tutors about inclusion, and help them create meaningful and successful b’nai mitzvah experiences for children of all abilities. Everything you need to implement The Matan B’nai Mitzvah Inclusion Guide is contained in the curriculum itself, and can be implemented by any educator or member of clergy.

(Note: This guide is intended for a group of tutors to learn together with their facilitator. However, if you are not part of a larger organization or synagogue, and work independently as a b’nai mitzvah tutor, you CAN work through the whole curriculum on your own.)

The Matan B’nai Mitzvah Inclusion Guide is divided into 8 units:Matan B'nai Mitzvah Inclusion Guide logo in green with green butterfly wearing light blue tallit
1. Relationship-Building: The Key to Success
2. Teaching Trope and Hebrew to Diverse Learners
3. Tackling the D’var Torah
4. The Main Event
5. Mitzvah Projects
6. Case Studies
7. Navigating the “Big Day”
8. Technology, Virtual Learning and Additional Resources

Each unit should take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete, and they all follow the same format:
1. Big Ideas
2. Objectives
3. Materials
4. Accessibility Considerations
5. Facilitator Considerations

While the curriculum is intended to be used in full over 8 sessions, facilitators can “pick and choose” units if they do not have enough training time set aside.

Need more ideas? Choose a session to use at a professional development staff meeting, conduct a lesson with teachers and tutors together or select an activity to demonstrate to your lay leaders how you are making b’nai mitzvah inclusion a priority.

This curriculum is now available for purchase!

To purchase for organization      To purchase for individual use

Email Meredith@matankids.org for more info.

B’nai Mitzvah Inclusion Guide FAQ’s

I coordinate all of the b’nai mitzvah tutors at my synagogue but I’m not a special educator. Will I be able to facilitate this training?

Yes! This training program is specifically designed so that someone without a special education background can implement it. We have provided background information, context and talking points for the facilitator for exactly that reason.

I would like to facilitate this training, but I don’t have 8 weeks with the tutors. Do we have to use the full guide from start to finish?

While the B’nai Mitzvah Inclusion Guide is best implemented as a whole curriculum, you can absolutely “pick and choose” the sections you use based on your allotted time and the skills of your educators. 

There are some parts of the B’nai Mitzvah Inclusion Guide that seem relevant to our 6th grade Religious School teachers, and some parts that seem especially useful for our Rabbi. Can those individuals “pop into” our training for the sessions that would be most beneficial to them?

Yes! Once you purchase the curriculum, it is yours to use in whatever way you see fit. You might have a “core group” of b’nai mitzvah tutors you are training, and invite other professionals to join when it feels most applicable.

Our tutors are not coming into our building. Can this training be facilitated virtually?

Yes!

I am the only b’nai mitzvah tutor I know. How can I get trained?

We have a separate (lower) price point for people just like you! You can purchase Matan’s B’nai Mitzvah Inclusion Guide and be your own facilitator, going through all of the modules as you would do in a group setting. Alternatively, you can contact us to let us know you are interested in joining a training group. 

You have answered almost all of my questions. How can I get in touch with a Matan staff member?

Please email Meredith@matankids.org with any additional questions!