Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations take place within the three Jewish contexts of family, Jewish community, and the synagogue service. A Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a joyous event for the family as well as for our entire congregation. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony is a significant rite of passage in the life of a Jewish teen. A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is actually the celebration of a beginning, as the child starts to take responsibility for his or her own Jewish identity. When the Jewish people received the Torah at Sinai, their Covenant with God was that they would teach its wisdom and its laws to their children from “generation to generation”. The word Bar/Bat Mitzvah literally means, “Son/Daughter of the Commandments.” According to Jewish Law, at the age of 13 children become obligated to observe the 613 commandments of the Torah. A Bar/Bat-Mitzvah ceremony formally marks the assumption of that obligation.
B'nai mitzvah dates are assigned to students enrolled in the religious school during their fifth grade year. Preparation includes religious school classes, sessions with a b'nai mitzvah tutor (assigned by the school office) and private study with Rabbi Eric Solomon.
Helpful information for planning your simhah (celebration) can be found here.