Resources for B'nai Mitzvah Tutors
- Find 8 new ideas to help your students connect personally to their bat/bar mitzvah preparation.
- Use this interview guide to talk about bat/bar mitzvah memories, feelings, and expectations with your tutee.
Activity Guides for Mixed-Gender Classrooms
- Our Heroes - Students have the opportunity to explore different definitions of the word "hero."
- Imagining Our Future Selves - Students will explore the importance of the bat/bar mitzvah in the Jewish life cycle and discuss what elements of Jewish life and ritual are important to them.
- Museum of Family History - Students will learn to conduct an oral history interview and will use the material to create a museum to share with the community.
- Jewish Values in Action - Students will examine their personal values and develop a deeper understanding of how values inform their identities and actions.
More resources for classroom and family education:
- Download JWA’s print-ready lesson on the bat mitzvah and other evolving traditions and browse our other “Go & Learn” lesson plans for classroom and congregational settings.
- Read and print our Family History Toolkit to do an oral history project with your students.
- Explore other educational resources on jwa.org.
- Get support from or give feedback to the Jewish Women’s Archive.
Oral History Project Guidelines for Educators
Doing oral history is a fun and engaging way for kids to learn about history and identity. Here are some guidelines that will help your students through the oral history interview process.
- Create a timeline that shows all of the different steps involved in collecting oral history. Making a checklist or a schedule with multiple due dates will help kids complete each step with a sense of accomplishment and have a positive experience.
- Work with students to choose a narrator (the person to be interviewed) and formulate questions that are appropriate and interesting. Kids have a wide variety of interests and aspirations, and it is important that students actually care about the stories they are gathering.
- When possible, solicit the support of parents or other adults to facilitate the interview(s). While coordinating all of the logistics and supplies may be possible for a high schooler, younger students will likely need guidance to make sure that all the different pieces are in place for the interview.
- Practice interview tactics and strategies. This will allow students to feel comfortable asking questions and listening to the responses. This will make for better interviews, and students will learn important communication skills.