Shoresh is committed to the Jewish value of kavod/respect, for which there are corresponding behavior expectations. A brit is a covenant. This year, we are asking Shoresh parents to read through this section and enter into a brit, a covenant, with their student(s), with other families, and with our Shoresh community to bring kavod (respect) and shalom (peace) to Shoresh each week.
A child becoming bar or bat mitzvah is an incredible event in the life cycle of a Jewish family. KAM Isaiah Israel has prepared a b'nei mitzah handbook to help make the period of study and preparation for the ceremony less stressful and, hopefully, more meaningful.
What are we doing at Shoresh to honor our congregation's 170-year-old roots? Helping our students root themselves in Judaism in order to extend their Jewish selves into the world they are creating—they are creating the next chapter in our congregation's history book.
I'm a huge proponent of NOT making kids sit still with their hands folded primly in their laps during services. This is not something to "suffer through" to get to the other side. Bring a book. Stand up in the back for awhile. Use these strategies.