The year leading up to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a time when, according to Jewish tradition, a young person is recognized as being ready to assume more responsibility. We have developed TAG 13, an independent study program, to provide a child with the first steps toward becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah-a true guardian of Judaism.

What Is TAG 13?

The name “TAG 13” refers to the three parts of the program:
T = Torah (Study & Learning)
A = Avodah (Worship & Service)
G = Gemilut Chasadim (Deeds of Loving Kindness)

TAG 13 is a family and individualized program of study and deed based on the teachings of Rabbi Shimon the Righteous who, in Pirke Avot (Ethics of the Fathers), taught:

“The world stands on three things; Torah, Avodah and Gemilut Chasidim.” The student will perform various mitzvot in each of these three areas.

This journey through TAG 13 will lead students to their heritage, history, people, community, synagogue, and themselves. Our clergy and staff will assist students in completing TAG 13, and will guide them along the way. The synagogue will acknowledge and honor all students who successfully complete the program at a year-end service.

TAG 13 comes from a concept developed on a kibbutz in Israel, where a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, in addition to studying his or her Torah and Haftarah portions, is asked to perform 13 different good deeds to help the kibbutz. In the United States, many congregations have put together their own pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah programs asking their students to perform mitzvot, do community service, study, etc. TAG 13 represents Congregation B’nai Israel’s version of this exciting program.

For more information, please contact our Director of Religious Education, Kim Beame or our Clergy Administrator, Natalie Matus.