An Interactive Guide to Programs, Goals, Venues and Participants
How to Use this Guide
If you are viewing this as individual
This guide is searchable in a number of different ways:
To ﬁnd out about an individual innovation, click on the box, and follow the tabs for a detailed description and other information.
The colored dots at the bottom of each box refer to the rationale and purposes that underlie each innovation. To see all the possible rationales, click on the rationale ﬁlter on the left. Only the programs with that particular rationale will remain on the main screen.
You can also search by
a. Areas of bar/bat mitzvah this innovation was designed to address (e.g., preparation, mentoring, parent participation, etc.)
b. Components of the innovation (Does it include classroom learning, a retreat, social justice work, etc.?)
c. Who the learners are (just students? their families? the entire community?)
d. At what grades do students participate?
If you will be using it with your B'nai Mitzvah Revolution Planning Team
According to the B’nai Mitzvah Revolution’s Theory of Change, Planning for Experimentation should be undertaken together with Visioning. In other words, it would be a mistake to simply find an innovation your planning team likes and try to replicate it. Each of the programs in this guide was created after considerable planning, and is in keeping with that congregation’s vision and culture. If one or more of these innovations appeals to you, begin by considering its rationale and purpose. Are these in keeping with the vision you have been articulating?
If not, this might suggest that either:
a) this might not be the best innovation to consider; or
b) your vision needs to be broadened or altered in some way.
As the BMR staff begins using this interactive guide with congregational teams we will be developing exercises to go with it, and will post these exercises on the Resources section of our website. If your team has developed an exercise you would like to share with us, please email us at email@example.com
How the information in this Guid Was Collected
The BMR staff began working on this guide in the summer of 2013, requesting information from the following sources:
all URJ congregations
central agencies of Jewish education throughout North America
educators connected to the Conservative and Reconstructionist movements
Help us Update the Map
Would you like to suggest a program for inclusion in this guide?
We expect to add to this guide on a regular basis. If you would like to suggest a program for inclusion in this guide, please fill out this form.
Do You Have Information to Correct?
Is one of your congregation’s programs mentioned in this guide, and does it contain incorrect information? If so, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.