Bar/Bat/B’nei Mitzvah

Bar/Bat/B’nei Mitzvah is a significant life cycle event, shared by students, their families, and our Temple Emanuel community on Shabbat Mornings. Students chant from the Torah, lead portions of the service, and deliver a D’var Torah (sermon), demonstrating that they are worthy of being called a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a son or daughter of the commandments, someone who can now fully participate in the religious life of our peopleBar Mitzvah Photo

In order to become a Bar/Bat/B’nei Mitzvah at Temple Emanuel, a student must complete a minimum of three years of Hebrew instruction, beginning in the third grade. Regular attendance in both Sunday and mid-week classes is required. Students may also meet this requirement through attendance at a Jewish Day School.

Students transferring to our religious school from other schools will be evaluated by the clergy in order to ensure appropriate placement and the fulfilling of academic requirements for Bar/Bat/B’nei Mitzvah. Parents of a child with special learning issues should meet with the Rabbi and the Cantor to plan a specialized preparation program, or to discuss alternative options to a traditional B’nei Mitzvah.

We at Temple Emanuel believe that the Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremony is not the culmination of formal Jewish education, but rather one of the may customs and ceremonies that lead to a complete Jewish upbringing. Students are expected to continue their formal studies through confirmation, which occurs at the end of the tenth grade.

Two years prior to their child’s Bar/Bat/B’nei Mitzvah, parents are invited to an informational meeting, at which time they will be given a Bar/Bat/B’nei Mitzvah Handbook and a request form to indicate their child’s intention to become a Bar/Bat/B’nei Mitzvah student at Temple Emanuel. For more information, please contact Cantor Lindsay at lkanter@templeemanuelmd.org.

(Photograph taken by:  Anthony Marill)