The bar/bat mitzvah celebration is an ancient tradition that represents a significant milestone in the life of a Jewish adult. In order to ensure this process continues to anchor the path of lifelong Jewish learning, The Temple has developed a formal program with requirements before one can undertake in this celebration.
The mission of this program is very simple: We want to foster mature, loving and committed Jews. It should not be seen as a burden, but rather as a structure within which we can support each of our families as they reach this important life cycle event.
We encourage you to review our Bar/Bat Mitzvah Handbook, which includes all details of how this celebration is observed at The Temple. You may also schedule a meeting to discuss the bar/bat mitzvah program with Rabbi Steven H. Rau or Cantor Deborah Hartman.
Although the origins of the term bar mitzvah go back approximately two thousand years, the ceremony itself appeared around the Middle Ages. A boy aged thirteen was considered a full member of the religious community and was given an aliyah (to go up) to the bimah (pulpit) and share in the Torah service. It symbolized the teen’s entry into responsible Jewish living in the community.
If you are interested in having any part of your b'nei mitzvah celebration at The Temple, click here for more information. Many families host Shabbat dinners, Kiddush luncheons, and evening celebrations in our beautiful Schwartz-Goldstein Hall.
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We work with each student and their family to make sure they are ready for their milestone event. Our bar/bat mitzvah handbook has information about our timeline and process, tutoring times and locations, our mitzvah program and more.
We also offer parent-to-parent support from our B'nei Mitzvah Committee as a part of the Religious School Committee. This effort is chaired by Susan Edlein. Feel free to email her and learn how you can get involved or to ask questions.
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