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Bar/Bat Mitzvah

bnai mitzvahThe celebration of becoming a bar or bat mitzvah is one the whole community rejoices in! This ceremony marks the occasion of a boy or a girl being recognized as an adult member of the Jewish community. According to Jewish tradition, Jewish adulthood commences automatically when a boy reaches the age of 13 and when a girl reaches the age of 12. 

Today, when boys and girls are educated equally and together, we celebrate this milestone in a young adult's Jewish life at age 13 for both boys and girls.  

The preparation for bar/bat mitzvah involves study and learning with one of our clergy and is viewed as a family experience. For detailed information for your family about the bar/bat mitzvah experience, please refer to our Bar/Bat Mitzvah Handbook 2017-18. It contains many of the forms that you will need for your Bar/Bat mitzvah, including the Aliyot and Honors Request Form, the Blessings Before and After the Haftorah Reading, and Receiving an Honor at Temple Israel Center (what to do) Form. 

For more information about a bar/bat mitzvah date, or about bar/bat mitzvah preparation and tutoring, please contact Susan Galla at 948-2800 x112 or by email.


Additional resources:  

Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah by Jeffrey Salkin (2005)