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B'nai Mitzvah - Preparing

Parties & Celebrations

Any celebration in addition to the Kiddush is “icing on the cake” — your child’s step forward into Jewish adulthood is what truly matters. There is no pressure to host a party beyond a Kiddush lunch. However, if you choose to have a party or other celebration as well, you may wish to consider:

  • Saturday evening party (beginning with Havdalah or one hour after sundown)
  • Party anytime on Sunday
  • Sunday brunch for family and friends
  • Friday night dinner for family and out-of-town guests
  • Afternoon luncheon following Kiddush
  • Family trip to Israel

Overall Expectations

  • Students will come prepared to each lesson with the Rabbi, Hazzan, and private tutor, and bring their instruction materials.
  • Students will chant from the Torah.
  • Students will chant the Haftarah.
  • Students will achieve proficiency in prayers in advance of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah date, and continue with review until their actual Bar/Bat Mitzvah service.
  • Students will prepare, according to their individual ability, additional Torah readings and prayers in Hebrew or English to be read or sung during the Monday, Thursday, and Friday weekday services, as well as the Friday night and Saturday morning services.
  • Parents will participate in a family seminar to be led by the Rabbi. This will consist of several Sunday morning classes during your child’s 7th grade year.

More Essential Information

Please see our extensive B'nai Mitzvah Handbook for all the other important details, including:

  • Meeting With The Rabbi
  • Family Seminars
  • Mitzvah Projects
  • Students With Special Needs
  • Parents' Jewish Education
  • Tallit & Tefillin
  • And more
Fri, April 19 2019 14 Nisan 5779