Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation includes:Bar Mitzvah trainging crop

  • Attendance at The Emanuel Religious School or a Jewish Day School.
  • Family Education programs for adults and children together.
  • Shabbat services, including the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Club (see description below).
  • Individual attention from Hazzan Cohn, Rabbi Small, Kate Goldman, 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 Haftarah, 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


Kate Goldman, Director of Congregational Learning,, (860) 233-2774.
Hazzan Cohn (for Bar/Bat Mitzvah lessons), (860) 236-1275,
Rabbi David Small (for dates), (860) 236-1275.