Welcome to the Chabad of RARA online Bat Mitzvah program - titled "Discovering My Jewish Soul".

On this page, you can learn more about the course, and get answers to common questions.

Should you have any further inquiries after reading this page, please don't hesitate to contact us.


What is the course?

The Bar Mitzva course is a 10-week online course that will prepare your son to be able to mark their Bar Mitzva milestone in a meaningful and memorable way.

A "Bar Mitzva" is the term for the milestone of a boy turning 13 years old. This is an important birthday, and is when a Jewish girl transitions from being a child to being an adult.


Who gives the course?

The course is delivered byRabbi Menachem Sufrin. Menachem was born and raised in Melbourne, and has extensive experience with teaching children of all ages.

Menachem carries a valid WWCC, is relatable and is known to be able to connect with children and young adults of all characters.


What will my son learn?

The course takes place over ten weeks. Each week, boys will be taught one topic, which will include a hands on interactive activity that they will also complete.

How is the program delivered?

The program is delivered via Zoom in a group setting of two to five boys at a time.

Before the course begins, a box filled with activities will be mailed to your child, containing everything that they will need to learn about living Jewish.

The program runs for 10 weeks on Sunday evenings at 7:00pm Melbourne time. Alternative times may be available on request.


Who can join the course?

To be eligible to join the program, children must be halachicly Jewish, and live in Australia.

The course is intended for boys from the age of 11 years up to and including 13 years old.

Pricing for the course is available on the registration page.

Chabad of RARA operates under the auspices of the Sydney Beth Din (SBD). During the registration process, you will be asked to visit the SBD's website to fill out a Jewish Status Form.

The form will ask you to upload evidence of your Jewish ancestry, which will then be processed by the SBD. This form is extensive, and the more information you are able to provide, the easier it will be to process your application.

SBD will then be directly in touch with you within 2 weeks to arrange an interview with a rabbi at the SBD, who will run through the documents provided, and clarify any questions or concerns.

When the SBD is satisfied that the applicant is indeed Jewish as per the guidelines set out in Halcha, a certificate confirming this will be issued.

This certificate is internationally recognized, and is able to be used to attain Israeli citizenship, or have a Jewish wedding, at any later stage in life.
This process needs to be done only once for you and your descendants, and the certificate issued can be used for life.

A subsidy is available to cover the SBD fees, details of which can be found of the course registration page.