One of the most exciting projects of our Bnei Mitzvah program is when the students get to research their family trees. The Year 7 Bnei students dig into their roots with the help of representatives from the Australian Jewish Genealogical Society. The representatives spoke to the students about creating their family trees and gave them tips on how to conduct their research.
There are often many surprises for the students on during this research, whether it’s finding out they’re related to someone sitting in the same room as they are, or that they’re related to a famous or world-renowned Jew!
This week our Year 7 students are celebrating their Bnei Mitzvah with family and friends in special ceremonies. Each Year 7 class has been responsible for all elements of their ceremony including: choosing songs, writing speeches, rehearsing dance and organising the ticketing.
The Bnei Mitzvah Ceremonies are a special part of a student’s Jewish life and a highlight of their schooling at Bialik.
As part of the Bnei Mitzvah program, the Year 7s have been involved in a range of off-campus Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) activities, where they are actively learning how to help make the world a better place. Over the last few weeks, they have brought smiles to many residents at Sheridan Hall, Montefiore, Emmy Monash and Gary Smorgon House. They have also contributed their time to community organisations like JNF Australia and Stand Up: Jewish Commitment to a Better World, amongst others.