According to Jewish tradition, thirteen is the age when a child is called to take on religious responsibility. This lifecycle transition is marked by a ceremony called bar or bat mitzvah (son or daughter of the commandment). When young adults recite the blessings over the Torah, they affirm their willingness to take responsibility for the traditions, rituals and heritage that is being passed on to them.
A bar or bat mitzvah is also an important milestone in a young person’s educational process. It commences in the third grade when students begin their Hebrew training in religious school. As they approach their date, students receive individualized preparation under the guidance and support of the education department and clergy. We strive to make the b’nai mitzvah process a meaningful experience for the entire family.
Students intending to celebrate a bar or bat mitzvah must attend our religious/Hebrew school program for five years. It is also the expectation that b’nai mitzvah students continue their Jewish education at least through 10th grade which culminates with a Confirmation ceremony around the festival of Shavuot.