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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Legacy Program

Keeping the History and Lessons of the Holocaust Alive

Riva Hirsch with students in Montgomery.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 program matches a Bar/Bat Mitzvah with a Holocaust survivor or the child of a survivor in our community and enables the Bar/Bat Mitzvah to learn about this individual's experience during the Holocaust.  The Bar/Bat Mitzvah, in turn, continues the legacy of this survivor with future generations and keeps the history and lessons of the Holocaust alive.

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 in lieu of giving them gifts.
  • Participants could organize a walk-a-thon, bake sale, or garage sale as a fund raiser for the BHEC.

The BHEC is available to help you design a project and provide you with informational materials about the work of the BHEC.

The BHEC Bar/Bat Mitzvah Legacy Program has the power to connect this special event in the 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.  Please contact our Education Coordinator.





Page last updated: September 26, 2011