Bar and Bat Mitzvah take place during the 7th or 8th grade year.   All children must be 13 at the time of the ceremony. Tutoring begins six months prior to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah date. The Professional staff of TBI offer a seminar for parents and students in the fall of the year preceding your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah. This seminar meets on Sunday mornings for six weeks.


Temple Beth Israel is dedicated to the idea of lifetime Jewish learning and offers programming for young people who have completed their Hebrew/Religious school education.

Gesher, which means bridge in Hebrew, is a unique educational experience for 8th and 9th graders.  We see this program as a bridge between Religious School and our high school program. Gesher meets on Sunday mornings from 11:00am to noon.  The course topics concern Tikkun Olam – The Repair of the World, and Tikkun Atzmi – The Repair of Me, and highlights issues we think are relevant to teens this age. The curriculum also includes field trips. Each course is taught by a highly trained teacher with proven experience in working with teens.

The TBI high school program is an integration of formal and informal experiences.

We recognize that our students are engaged Jewishly in many different ways, including youth groups, Hebrew classes at local high schools, volunteer work at the TBI Religious School and in other Jewish and non-Jewish organizations and other community service. Our belief is that regular contact keeps our TBI young people connected while we acknowledge the value in their other commitments and recognize their hectic schedules.

Students will meet once every 6 weeks at Rabbi Weinberg's home for a malave malkah, a Shabbat afternoon gathering and light meal. Students will work with Rabbi Weinberg to determine the topics of study for each meeting.


The TBI curriculum also focuses on the family, offering a rich array of programs for families with students of all ages. These periodic learning opportunities are holiday, Hebrew, curriculum or special event centered. Check the Temple bulletin or click the "Temple Flyers" button on the Temple home page for more information on these ongoing events.