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Join local author and JCHS faculty member Evan Wolkenstein for a conversation about both the magic and the challenges of the b’mitvah years. We will touch on the special role of non-parent adults in the lives of b’mitzvah students, ways children and adults transform during the course of study, and consider the meaning and purpose of this Jewish “rite-of-passage.” Evan will read a short selection from his recently released book “Turtle Boy” and share a few highlights from a new curriculum he has crafted in partnership with the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies. Today’s session will be facilitated by Jewish LearningWorks’ Director of Professional Learning, Jenni Mangel.

To purchase the book visit

To view the exciting “Turtle Boy” bnai mitzvah curriculum (with in-person and distance-learning modules) visit

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