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Adult Brit Mitzvah

JRC’s Adult Brit Mitzvah Cohort

JRC welcomes you to engage your Adult Jewish identity with our 2023-2024 Adult Brit Mitzvah Cohort. This 10-month program culminates in a special Brit Mitzvah ritual on Shabbat (November 23, 2024).

Our newly redesigned JRC Adult Brit Mitzvah program combines group study, Hevruta/partner learning, Torah Trope, Spiritual Autobiography, and topics such as Liturgy and Prayer, God and Theology, Reconstructionism, Bodies, Eating and Daily Living, Shabbat, Halacha and Traditions, Tikkun Olam, Gender and Identities, the Jewish Library, and Jewish History.

Both JRC members and non-members are welcome! We welcome non-members to join our Adult Brit Mitzvah cohort for the first 4 class sessions before making a commitment. If you choose to continue, we ask that you become a member of JRC at that time. To learn more about joining JRC, visit our Membership page.

This program is for you if you:

  • Have a different relationship to Judaism now than you did when you were a child
  • Never became Bar/Bat Mitzvah as a teen or are looking for a different experience
  • Want to deepen your knowledge, skills and engagement with Jewish traditions
  • Have been part of a Jewish community for a while, but are exploring formal conversion and learning

When and Where:

Classes meet Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at JRC in Evanston, will include some group, individual and hevruta meetings, and will be multi-access/Zoom friendly.

Program Dates:

  • December 5, 2023 – May 21, 2024: Classes
  • Summer 2024: Independent Work: Spiritual Autobiography and Torah Trope
  • October 2024: Sharing Spiritual Autobiographies
  • November 23, 2024: Shabbat Adult Brit Mitzvah Ritual


Rabbi Rachel Weiss and Cantor Howard Friedland

Any questions? Please email


Why B'nai/B'rit Mitzvot?

Hebrew is a gendered language that doesn't always speak for the varied gender identities in our community. We use this language as many use pronouns: Bar Mitzvah for he/him, Bat Mitzvah for she/her, B'nai Mitzvah for they/them, and B'rit Mitzvah (entering the covenant of the mitzvot) for those for whom gender isn't an essential part of this ritual.