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B’nai Mitzvah Seminar
October 20, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
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Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a special and memorable event for your whole family in our community.
The term Bar/Bat Mitzvah refers to a child’s coming of age in Jewish life. At age 13 a Jewish child has reached the age at which she/he is considered old enough to take on that set of privileges and responsibilities which we call Mitzvot (commandments or religious obligations). Bar/Bat Mitzvah is the religious ceremony at which a child and family celebrate transition. The ceremony includes the child’s publicly reading from the Torah scroll, participating in congregational worship, and symbolically accepting the Torah.
The process of becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah begins when a child begins their religious education. Our program emphasizes Jewish learning for Jewish living and so we guide our young people through a process that prepares them to become confident and competent members of the Jewish community with Jewish skills and life skills that will serve them and our community well
- B’nai Mitzvah dates are generally assigned to students in the fall of the 5th grade based on the student’s date of birth and family requests.
- Our 6th grade students and their parents participate in the B’nai Mitzvah seminar on select Sunday mornings during the 6th grade year.
- Students begin individual tutoring sessions with our B’nai Mitzvah tutor approximately six months in advance of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Those sessions are typically once a week for 30 minutes.
- During those six months students also study with a mentor, an adult in our community who is trained to guide each child through his/her parasha (portion) in English to ensure each student’s deeper understanding of the text.
- Students also determine a mitzvah initiative. Engagement in this initiative is an integral part of the process of becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
- Approximately two months prior to their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, students begin meeting individually with Rabbi to discuss their understanding of their Torah portion and to prepare a thoughtful D’var Torah. The purpose of this address is twofold: first, for the student to express some of his or her feelings on the occasion; and second, for the student to relate a lesson from the Torah or Haftarah portion of the day to current life.