Students of Bar and Bat Mitzvah age are thoroughly prepared for their celebratory services. Two years prior to becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, the student receives a B’nai Mitzvah booklet. Topics in the booklet include Judaism in the Temple, Judaism in the Community, Judaism in Your Home and Judaism in Israel. The guidelines for B’nai Mitzvah requirements, from community service to Shabbat service attendance, are all in the booklet. An adult Mentor is assigned to each student to assist him/her in the completion of the booklet and for any other related guidance. Private tutoring with the rabbi begins nine months prior to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah service date.
The Bar and Bat Mitzvah services are held on Saturday morning. The Bnei Mitzvah student also helps in leading the Friday night service. These services are led by the Bnei Mitzvah, who is accompanied by the Rabbi, the Bnei Mitzvah tutor and the mentors. The Bnei Mitzvah reads from the Torah, Haftorah and delivers a speech commenting on the meaning of the Torah portion and the occasion. While we celebrate the Bnei Mitzvah and share the joy with their families, this is our congregational Shabbat morning service, and so the entire congregation is invited and encouraged to attend.