Bar/Bat Mitzvah(pl. Mitzvot) – Those things which God commands us, as Jews, to do.The age at which a Jew is considered an adult in terms of religious responsibility. Bar refers to boys and Bat to girls. Bar/Bat Mitzvah is also often used to describe the service at which a young person celebrates becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah. preparation includes:
- Attendance at The Emanuel Religious School or a Jewish Day School.
- Family Education programs for adults and children together.
- Shabbat(pl. Shabbatot) – The seventh day (Saturday). According to the TorahLiterally the first 5 books of the Bible also known as Humash, the Pentateuch or The Five Books of Moses. The word Torah is also used to refer to all of Jewish learning., God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh day. Therefore, we are commanded to rest on the seventh day. services, including the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Club (see description below).
- Individual attention from HazzanCantor – The professional who leads the parts of the service that are sung. Cohn, RabbiThe spiritual leader of the synagogue. Small, Judith T. Fox, Moshe Pinchover, and, in some cases, other adult tutors.
- Bar/Bat Mitzvah students also participate as a group in classes designed to prepare and challenge them while building group spirit.
- Each student is encouraged to work up to his or her ability. This may include reading Torah, chanting HaftarahA portion from prophetic literature traditionally read after the Torah portion on Shabbat and holidays., leading prayers, and composing and presenting an original presentation on their Torah portion.
- A Tikkun Olam (Repair the World) project.
We greatly appreciate the role of a non-Jewish partner in supporting his or her child’s Jewish education. The non-Jewish partner will have a significant role in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony and is afforded full access to the synagogue resources and clergy. To become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah at The Emanuel, the children must have a Jewish mother or have had a traditional conversion. Consult with Rabbi Small to answer any questions about the conversion.
Dates for this special occasion are given out two to three years in advance. Special date requests must be made in writing to Rabbi Small.
For more details, download our B’nai Mitzvah Family Guide Parts 1 and 2.
B’nei Mitzvah Family Guide Part 1 updated October 2011
B’nei Mitzvah Family Guide Part 2 updated October 2011
For ideas on how to begin planning a tikkun olam project, download our Bar/Bat Mitzvah Magic Booklet
Judith T. Fox, Director of Education, (860) 233-2774, gro.eugoganysleunamenull@xofeyduj
Hazzan Cohn (for Bar/Bat Mitzvah lessons), (860) 236-1275, gro.eugoganysleunamenull@nhocrotnac
Rabbi David Small (for dates), (860) 236-1275
The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Club
The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Club provides special programming for children who will be called to the Torah as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah during the coming two years. The Club meets on Saturday mornings during the 6th and 7th grade school years and helps children to prepare for this important milestone. Students build on their Religious School education experience to increase their knowledge of the rituals and prayers of the synagogue services.
6th and 7th Graders attend Shabbat morning services at least three times per month to become familiar with the service.
Rabbinic interns, teachers, and teen aides meet with the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Club in the sanctuary at 9:30 a.m. for the regular service. While they may sit with their families, the students often enjoy staying with the group. The Club meets for a discussion session at 10:45 a.m.
CONTACT Rabbi Small with any questions about the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Club, 860-236-1275