The Bar or Bat Mitzvah milestone represents our Judaic recognition of the emergence of a youngster into adolescence as well as eligibility for ritual honors within the adult Jewish community. By being called up to the Torah as well as conducting key parts of the public prayer service, a child establishes one more link in the 3500-year (100-generation) chain of age-old Jewish tradition. Emotionally and spiritually this experience is a high point in the life of each and every Jewish young adult.
The Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony is a celebration of a rite of passage for your child. Having reached the age of Bar or Bat Mitzvah, your child assumes the responsibilities of a Jewish adult. In the time leading up to the Bar or Bat Mitzvah, we encourage you to explore with your child what this means to him or her. This is a time to discover what it means to be Jewish and to live life in a Jewish way. The more you can help your child focus on and appreciate the process of becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, and not just the event of the Bar or Bat Mitzvah, the more meaningful the experience will be. If you talk to your child about what it means to become a Jewish adult, and to make decisions and commitments, the meaning and significance of this rite of passage will be greatly enhanced. As he or she reflects upon it, your child will be more confident and feel the pride of how much he or she has learned and grown in the process of becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
It is the goal of our Rabbi, Cantor, and Educational Director, that the Bar and Bat Mitzvah training and commemoration will be a meaningful, positive Jewish identity enforcing process. Contact us today to learn more!