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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning

With your son or daughter’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah coming up , here at Jewish Child’s Day we have the perfect opportunity to enrich their life fulfilling experience.  Through our fantastic twinning programme, your child can choose to twin his or her special day with a child from a very different background.  Whether it be a special needs child from Israel, a child from a small community in Belarus or a child living in a children’s home – the choice will be entirely  theirs.  We are certain that whichever route your child chooses their twinning experience will be something very special – and one that they will cherish forever!

One-to-One Experience (Belarus)

The life of a Jewish child in Belarus is a million miles away from the life your 12/13 year old  child enjoys here in the UK.  Throughout his/her twinning experience your child will learn so much about the life of a Jewish child in Belarus less fortunate than themselves.  They will communicate through e-mails and Skype .  Our translators will ensure the process is smooth and enjoyable.  Jewish children in Belarus have limited access to Jewish education, and therefore without your help would be unlikely to be ready for their coming of age ceremony.

Netanya Foundation

Through the Netanya Foundation you can choose to twin your Bar/Bat Mitzvah in one of two ways:

The first option is to twin with a special needs child at G’vanim school in the heart of Netanya.  Although communication between your child and their disabled child may be restricted, modern technology has significantly improved the lines of communication and empowers disabled children be able to communicate in ways that they couldn’t before.

The second option is to twin with a child at risk who attends the “Moadonit” programme, which is an after school club for kids at risk. The children attend the clubs every day after school until late evening and only return home to sleep.

Furthermore, should you wish to travel to Israel either before or after your child’s big day, the Netanya Foundation  would be delighted to organise for you to meet with your twin and ensure a memorable day for the whole family.

Amit Children’s Home (Israel)

The children at Amit celebrate their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs at various times of the year with a small celebration and an excursion to Jerusalem. Twinning with a child from Amit offer a disadvantaged child an opportunity that they would never have been able to experience. Should you wish to travel to Israel, you and 10 guests will be invited to participate in this celebration and enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

Twinning Benefits

Twinning ensures that these less fortunate children have access to essential resources like state-of-the art communication devices, study programmes at special schools, Judaica, books and lessons via Skype, so they can all have the chance to learn about traditional Jewish values, ceremonies, symbols and prayers and ultimately have the kind of ceremony that they would wish for.

Next step

Once you have identified which programme you wish to participate in, we will get in touch with our partners in Belarus or Israel.

Depending on your selection, if communication with your twin is available, we will let you know how to start this.  We hope whichever option you choose, twinning can be a supportive and nurturing experience for all the children involved, who gain a huge amount from sharing their lives and Bar/Bat Mitzvah experiences.

The cost of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah twinning programme is £360. This can be met through a one off donation by the family, but many Bar/Bat Mitzvah children like to raise the money themselves through sponsored and other events.  It’s a great way to learn about Tzedakah and children feel a real sense of achievement.  Many children raise over the minimum amount of £360, and unless otherwise specified the funds will be allocated to other Jewish Child’s Day projects.

If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Gordon: nicole.gordon@jcd.uk.com