Recognizing that Bar Mitzvah, although significant, does not in modern society mark a child’s becoming an adult, the ceremony of Kabbalat Torah allows girls and boys to affirm their commitment to Judaism as a consequence of a personal decision. Kabbalat Torah encourages students to think about issues in their lives and in society as a whole, through the lens of Jewish tradition and Liberal Jewish values. In addition to classes of study with the rabbis and educators at Temple Judea, Kabbalat Torah also includes a group trip to Washington DC to participate in the L’Taken seminar hosted by the Religious Action Center. As a result, many of our students cement lasting social relationships with fellow students during these years. Kabbalat Torah culminates in a Shabbat evening ceremony created jointly by the students and the Senior Staff. Thanks to the Temple Judea Endowment Committee for its ongoing support of the L’Taken program. Click here to learn more about programs that Temple Judea offers for teens.