Bar/Bat–Mitzvah is only a beginning. It represents a commitment to Jewish learning and living, and of dedication to the welfare of the Jewish community. Most of all, it represents a commitment to continued study and exploration. In the truest sense of the word, Bar/Bat-Mitzvah is a “commencement” of an emerging Jewish adult’s religious studies.
Students in our school spend their 7th Grade year participating in The B’nei Mitzvah Seminar where they explore what it means to be a Jewish adult by studying mitzvot, tikkun olam, our prophetic tradition, values and how to be a mensch. They will lead our younger students in prayer to enhance their preparation for leading the congregation on the day of their b’nei mitzvah. Throughout the year, students will work with the greater Temple Beth-El community to coordinate the High Holiday Food Drive, Comfort Pack and The Outreach Food Packing events. They will visit agencies that are beneficiaries of our social action initiatives as well as learn from local leaders about the impact the class has on the greater community around them.
Because Bar/Bat–Mitzvah is a long process, with lots of details to manage, we have put together a manual to help you with the logistics and are available to answer questions and help you manage the details. We want to make the process as smooth as possible, and ultimately, a process in which the lives of the child and family are together enriched and blessed.