To further our mission of “Keeping the History and Lessons of the Holocaust Alive,” the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center (BHEC) has a special program for young people as they become B’nai Mitzvah. This program enables a Bar/Bat Mitzvah to learn the importance of tzedakah and tikkun olam (repairing the world).
The BHEC will match a Bar/Bat Mitzvah with a Holocaust survivor or the child of a survivor in our community. We will facilitate the opportunity for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah to learn about this individual’s experience during the Holocaust. It is our hope that the Bar/Bat Mitzvah will do some sort of public presentation on this personal story and thus continue the legacy of this survivor experience with future generations.
We encourage participants to think creatively about how they can incorporate their survivor’s story into their Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
- Participants could prepare a display about their survivor and share their story with their guests.
- Participants could ask their guests to donate to the BHEC.
- Participants could organize a walk-a-thon, bake sale, or garage sale as a fundraiser for the BHEC.
The BHEC is available to help participants design their project.
The BHEC Bar/Bat Mitzvah Project has the power to connect this special event int he life of a family with Jewish history and to provide the Bar/Bat Mitzvah with the opportunity to partner with the BHEC in keeping the history and lessons of the Holocaust alive.
Our volunteers are available to work with your family.