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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

D’var Shana: Reflections on My Year Becoming a Bat Mitzvah with the Adventure Rabbi

Maddie Wittenberg recently became a  Bat Mitzvah with Adventure Judaism. In this essay, she reflects on her year of study.
By Maddie Wittenberg
Can any of you remember your first Bar/Bat Mitzvah or confirmation class? Many of you here, today, might not remember all the details. Did you even remember how you prepared for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or a confirmation ceremony? For me, I remember my entire Bat-Mitzvah preparations at Adventure Judaism. It consisted of me meeting with two of my close friends for an hour a week where we had amazing Hebrew classes, which also consisted of learning ancient Hebrew prayers.
But it also included hiking trips! One hiking trip, in particular, was trekking to the top of a 10,000-foot peak in the rain, sun, and even brutal hail. This was my very first Adventure Class where we experienced trekking through various seasons all on the same day, and this was also part of my Bat-Mitzvah training. The purpose of my Adventure B’nai Mitzvah Class was to spiritually connect with nature through Judaism, and learn about myself as well. 
Adventure Bar Mitzvah Class beneath Coronoa Arch
Adventure Bar Mitzvah Class beneath Corona Arch
When I think about my overall experience in the Adventure B’nai Mitzvah Class, I realize, now, my experiences had their ‘ups and downs’; for example, in one particular a

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