Even though things are different right now,
there are still lots of milestones that deserve celebrating. Like everything
else, many teens and families were forced to re-think Bar/Bat/B’nai Mitzvah
celebrations scheduled for this spring.
One of the implications of this rite of
passage is being counted as a member of the community. If you celebrated a
virtual Bar/Bat/B’nai Mitzvah or were supposed to celebrate this milestone and
were unable, Springboard would like to help you share your words of
wisdom and insights on Torah with the broader Jewish community.
This year the holiday of Shavuot begins
on Thursday evening, May 28th. On Shavuot we celebrate receiving the Torah at
Sinai. One way that people observe the holiday is to stay up all night studying
Torah as if we were at Sinai anticipating the giving of the Torah. With Shavuot
coming up, we would like to invite anyone who has prepared a D’var Torah or a
Bar/Bat/B'nai Mitzvah speech to share it on the Springboard Blog so we can
create a modified Shavuot learning. Teen interpretations of Torah would
really enhance our holiday celebration and we would love your help raising
awareness about this opportunity.
Springboard can accept
text-based documents and/or videos of the teens’ speeches. We will post them on
our blog and may use them on our social media as well. Each submission should
be accompanied by a picture of the teen and a caption with their full name,
city and favorite Jewish food. Everything should be sent to Springboard@juf.org by May 20th.