Youth B’nai Mitzvah
Becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a beautiful and significant Jewish life cycle event. We take great pride in the accomplishments of our young adults and treasure the opportunity to help prepare them for this special time in their lives. The Bar or Bat Mitzvah marks an important step in the spiritual growth of a young Jewish person. It indicates that the student has grown in Jewish knowledge and is ready, through further study, to acquire a more mature understanding of Judaism and to assume the responsibilities of Jewish life. This is traditionally celebrated by completion of a mitzvah project, reading from the Torah, leading our community in prayer and study during Shabbat morning services.
We recognize that each student is an individual of varying abilities and talents. Our education team and clergy work with each family to make the ceremony special and meaningful.
In order to celebrate becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah at Temple Israel, a minimum of two years of Jewish education are required. Dates are typically assigned during the fifth grade year.
Adult B’nai Mitzvah
We are proud to offer the opportunity for adult members of our community to become b’nai mitzvah. Adults engage in a two-year long educational program, along with others seeking to become b’nai mitzvah. Students will learn Hebrew and Judaica and form connections with one another and their teachers along the way, culminating with the empowering experience of reading from the Torah and leading our community in prayer.