Gesharim encourages youngsters in disadvantaged neighborhoods – who would not normally do so – to prepare for and celebrate their Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

Groups of boys and girls, respectively, participate in an informal  20-session, structured “course” incorporating Jewish identity, basic concepts in Judaism, maturation, tolerance, responsibility towards themselves, family, community ,and appropriate Mitzvot of Jewish observance. In co-operation with the parents and local schools, participants prepare for the final ceremony in Jerusalem or Masada, the theme of which is Unity.

The project has several unique characteristics, including:

• Providing young people the opportunity to explore the meaning and significance of their “Jewish rite of passage.”
• Providing young people with a positive attitude to their Jewish heritage and their community.
• Promoting self-worth and a sense of responsibility for their actions.
• Enhancing tolerance, community pride, and successful integration.
• Bridging the gap between parents and their children

Gesharim takes place in Nahariya, Beit Shemesh, Netanya, Maale Adumim, Rechovot, Holon, Kiryat Gat and Sderot.

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