During the coronavirus crisis, the World Mizrachi Movement launched an online Bat Mitzvah preparatory program for Jewish girls. The program was run in Hebrew by Israeli journalist Sivan Rahav-Meir.
The girls attend a weekly online meeting, study, receive assignments, participate in conversation and meet girls from all over Israel and abroad.
Now, an English version of the Bat Mitzvah workshop is being launched. This version is intended for English speakers from Israel and abroad who wish to participate in these online meetings for a Jewish-Israeli Bat Mitzvah oriented experience.
Sivan Rahav-Meir said: "It started with many girls who approached me during the coronavirus pandemic, saying that their Bat Mitzvah has been canceled, or significantly limited in numbers. So the idea came up to do something fun and different via Zoom."
"I share with the girls some personal stories from my life, we watch video clips together, ask questions and the girls receive writing and thinking assignments, and even learn how to interview their grandparents in creating their personal Bat Mitzvah video."
"During the last session they receive gifts, tips for life from special female personalities of all ages.
"In addition there is a summary meeting for parents, along with my mother-in-law, parents' guide Ziva Meir, who will answer questions parents might have about adolescents."