Approximately sixty percent of Bnai Mitzvah students have continued their studies at SCJ for at least one year after their event. The program of study is developed by the student and teacher, according to each student’s interests.
Topics vary widely, but have in the past included: Yiddish literature and culture, the relationship between Man and nature in the Torah, Conversational Hebrew, Israeli politics, Human attempts to prove the existence of God, Science and Spirituality, and more. Classes continue in a similar format, either weekly or bi-monthly. Some students have continued to hone their Torah and Haftarah chanting skills, taking more Aliyas at synagogues after their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, toward a possible goal of being able to use this skill as an SCJ junior teacher.
In 2011 SCJ will be launching an exciting program for its BM grads. Collective Creators will be a six-month project in which a group of students will choose a topic relating to the Jewish experience, and bring that topic to life as a play. Students will study the chosen topic, as they learn theater exercises that will help the group bring the material to life. In the same mode he uses with his professional theater company, The Boundless Theater, Misha will direct the process of collectively turning the material into a vibrant piece of theater, to be performed as a full play at the end of the process at Off Off Broadway’s prestigious Theater for the New City.