Kisharon's Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Youth Programme

Be part of Kisharon's i-connect programme as a way to mark your Bar/Batmitzvah year in a meaningful way. This programme is also suitable for pre and post bar/bat Mitzvah students.

The aim of our i-connect programme is to encourage students to think about their situation, meet others that are in a different place, and despite these differences to find ways of communicating.
The programme will include:

  • An induction to Kisharon, an overview of our different services
  • Discussing what it means to have learning disabilities through interactive games and activities
  • Doing a creative activity with people that we support.
  • Planning and taking part in a fundraising project
  • Raising £200 to buy an i-pad2 or communicational software for a person that Kisharon supports
  • Presenting the i-pad to a person with communicational difficulties
  • Volunteering on a regular or ad-hoc basis with Kisharon
  • The experience is all about connecting: connecting with people who have learning disabilities, connecting with yourself by experiencing unchartered territory and furthermore assisting someone who has problems speaking by giving a person an i-pad2 with special software.

I-connect invites students to join Kisharon for more than a few hours, but for the length of their Bar/Bat year and hopefully much longer.

The programme is flexible and we work with parents to accommodate a suitable time table, we understand that this is an exciting but also pressurised time and do not want to add any extra demands on the students. Also it is for the students to decide the extent to which they want to become involved with Kisharon. During school holidays, we welcome students to join Kisharon. They are able to assist at Head Office, the Bike and Print Shop or at fundraising and community events and join in any other suitable age appropriate activities for example camps and after-school clubs.
Students are able to record their hours they volunteer towards awards such as Yoni Jesner and Duke of Edinburgh.


Past students have told us that they were nervous, tired and even excited at the start of the session, but most of them left feeling “inspired and wanting to get involved”.

Feedback from one parent was: “The morning they spent with you during half term had been so inspiring and interesting and well put together! In fact, Joseph resolutely wasn’t interested in ‘wasting’ his morning at Kisharon that day especially as he’d already decided which charities he wanted to support for his barmitzvah, but he left feeling very well disposed towards the work that you all do and most importantly sympathetic to the needs of your users!”


The result is that students learn about learning disabilities, break down barriers and come away with a meaningful experience. We have currently had over forty youngsters ranging from 10 years to 18 years participate in our i-connect programme.


For more information and to sign up please contact : Lara Domjan on 020 3393 0159 or email volunteer@kisharon.org.uk