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The Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a wonderful milestone in the life of your family.

There is probably no greater moment, aside from birth and marriage, than when your son or daughter is called to the Torah as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah and is welcomed into the adult Jewish community. Becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is inevitably a stepping stone to an even more meaningful connection to Judaism within your home and our congregation.

Some of the goals of our program include:

•  Bringing families together as a community

•  Demonstrating Jewish learning as a life-long process

•  Empowering parents to learn with their children

•  Sharing the beauty of Shabbat observance and traditions

•  Involving families in mitzvah projects to help our world community

•  Reinforcing basic Jewish literacy

At Beth El, we take pride in our children becoming proficient service leaders, as well as capable Torah and Haftarah chanters. It is our greatest hope and expectation that the upcoming preparation and celebration you and your family are undertaking will have enduring and lasting significance.

We look forward to working with your entire family. Please know that we will make ourselves completely available to you during this process.


Beth El follows the general customs and rituals of the Conservative movement. Within those very broad parameters, Beth El has developed our own minhagim (customs) as well.

Students are welcome and encouraged to learn to lead as much of our services as they are able. In addition to leading the Torah service and Musaf on the Saturday of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, the student will lead parts of the service on the Friday morning immediately preceding. We also look forward to the student delivering the D’var Torah on both days. As outlined below, there is also involvement earlier in that special week and on Friday evening.

More Essential Information

Preparing for B'nai Mitzvah

Celebrating B'nai Mitzvah 

Please see our extensive B'nai Mitzvah Handbook for all the other important details.


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