B’nai Mitzvah

B’nai Mitzvah

For many Jewish people, their Bar or Bat Mitzvah is one of their most important life cycle events. Here at Temple Emanu-El, we help make it a special and truly meaningful event.

Our Bar and Bat Mitzvah program is designed around each individual student. Children study in our Religious School in the three years preceding Bar or Bat Mitzvah (exceptions are made for students studying at Cohen Hillel Academy or who have studied at other religious schools before moving to Temple Emanu-El). During this time, we have the opportunity to get to know each student, their learning styles, and their interests.

Students begin studying with Temple Educator Liz Levin six months before their service. Lessons focus on preparing students to lead the Congregation in worship and on reading the Torah, but significant time is also spent on finding meaning and building relationships. The Bar or Bat Mitzvah service is seen as part of an ongoing process of learning and not as a performance. Our goal is to create a positive learning environment for students, so they will want to continue their Jewish education and maintain their connection to the Jewish community.

Dates are assigned up to three years in advance. If you are interested in learning more about the Bar and Bat Mitzvah process, or about scheduling a Bar or Bat Mitzvah date, please contact Temple Educator Liz Levin at education@emanu-el.org.