B'nai Mitzvah Family Journey 2021-2022

The B’nai Mitzvah Family Journey is a customized, culturally sensitive family program for parents and their bar/bat mitzvah aged teens. The year-long program offers Russian-speaking Jewish families an immersive, multifaceted experience, so children and parents can learn about the history, significance, traditions, and ritual of becoming bar/bat mitzvah through a culturally sensitive lens and in the comfort of a like-minded community.

2021-2022 B'Nai Mitzvah Cohort is Full

B’nai Mitzvah Family Journey is an educational program for Bar/Bat Mitzvah aged teens and their parents with B’nai Mitzvah ceremony in New York and a ceremony in Israel.

The program offers:

  • B’nai Mitzvah Ceremony in New York on February 6, 2022
  • An organized trip to Israel and a ceremony in Jerusalem (February 21-February 25, 2022)
  • Opening retreat – Friday, September 10- Sunday, September 12
  • 8 Group educational sessions for the whole family, September  2021-February 2022
  • A mentor will be matched with each teen for individual sessions
  • Mitzvah (volunteer) project
  • Shabbat dinners hosted and attended by participating families

Families will gather for 8 educational sessions, where parents and teens learn about Jewish history and traditions that have been passed down through generations. * Sessions will take place in person with social distancing rules observed.
Sessions take place on Sundays, 11am- 2pm.
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Sunday, October 3, 2021
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Sunday, December 5, 2021
Sunday, December 19, 2021
Sunday, January 9, 2022
Sunday, January 30, 2022
Ceremony – Sunday, February 6, 2022

Each family will choose a personally meaningful Mitzvah Project, practicing the value of Tikkun Olam- acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world. They will also deepen their engagement with the community and each other.

Individual sessions for teens will give them an opportunity for personal Jewish exploration with a knowledgeable mentor.


Program Cost: $3,600

Program cost includes:
* All educational sessions for the whole family (including teens, parents, and siblings)
* Family retreat
* Individual sessions with mentors
* Group ceremony and celebration in NY (up to 7 family members included in addition to the B’Nai Mitzvah teen)
* Israel experience will require additional payment for each participating family member

Payment can be made by check or credit card

*To Pay by Check:
Please make your check for $3,500 payable to COJECO (after submitting the $100 registration fee using our online payment system with your registration) and mail it to:
COJECO attn. Galina Veksler
102-30 66th Rd, #3G
Forest Hills, NY 11375
*add B’Nai Mitzvah in the check memo
Registration is complete only upon receiving the full payment.

To Pay By Credit Card:
For your convenience, you may pay the full amount with a credit card using our online payment system. Please note, there will be a 3%  processing fee added to the total amount.

*** We are monitoring the situation and regulations closely. Some program components may temporarily switch to the online mode.

Past cohorts’ photo and video gallery
B’Nai Mitzvah Family Journey 2020-2021
B’nai Mitzvah Ceremony in New York, June 20, 2021

B’Nai Mitzvah Family Journey 2019-2020
Opening Retreat in Poconos, September 20-22, 2019
B’nai Mitzvah Ceremony in New York, February 9, 2020
B’Nai Mitzvah Ceremony in Israel, February 22, 2020

B’Nai Mitzvah Family Journey 2018-2019
B’nai Mitzvah Ceremony in New York, February 10, 2019
B’nai Mitzvah Ceremony video
B’nai Mitzvah Ceremony in Jerusalem, February 21, 2019

This program is generously supported by the UJA-Federation of New York

For more information

or if you have any questions, please e-mail
Yigal Kotler at:

yigalk@cojeco.org