B'nai Mitzvah Family Journey 2022-2023

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.

B'Nai Mitzvah Family Journey 2022-2023 Cohort is Full. Please email to be placed on the waitlist

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 12, 2023
  • An organized trip to Israel and a ceremony in Jerusalem (February 20-February 24, 2023)
  • Opening retreat – Friday, September 9- Sunday, September 11
  • 8 Group educational sessions for the whole family, September  2022-February 2023

Sept. 25 2022 11am-2pm
Oct. 16, 2022 11am-2pm
Nov. 6, 2022 11am-2pm
Dec. 4, 2022 11am-2pm
Dec. 18, 2022 11am-2pm
Jan. 8, 2023 11am-2pm
Jan. 22, 2023 10am-2pm
Feb. 5. 2023 11am-2pm

  •  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.

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: $3,900

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 of $1,300

Payment can be made by check or credit card

*To Pay by Check:
Please put in “0” in the amount paid and then press submit.
Please make your check for $3,900 payable to COJECO and mail it to:
COJECO 729 7 Ave 9 Fl
New York, NY 10019
*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, you need to add 3%  processing fee to the total amount, making your registration fee $4,000.


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: