The Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony is a traditional rite of passage that celebrates the emergence into adolescence of a daughter or son. Our students become B’nai Mitzvah on the bima in the Leebov Sanctuary during Shabbat morning services, surrounded by family and friends. They are invited to lead a portion of the Shabbat morning service, chant from the weekly Torah portion and Haftarah (a portion of the Books of Prophets), and deliver a D’var Torah (a short talk about the Torah portion).
B’nai Mitzvah students work one-on-one with our talented tutors to learn trope (Torah cantillation). They also work closely with our Rabbis to study their Torah portion and find personal meaning within it. Preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies takes hard work, sacrifice, and commitment. The Rabbis, Cantor, and tutors will guide you along the way, explaining the ceremony and ensuring that all children, regardless of skill level, shine on their special day.
- Families must be full and current members in good standing to be entitled to Bar/Bat Mitzvah privileges at the synagogue.
- Families must have been members of Temple Sinai or another synagogue for at least one year prior to admission.
- Because we want the Bar/Bat Mitzvah to be a particularly meaningful experience, we require our students to spend at least four years in Religious School and Hebrew School prior to beginning the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program or the equivalent of such courses as approved by Rabbi Gorban.
- Community Day School students are required to participate in our Monday night Teen School beginning in seventh grade.
- In addition to their Jewish education, all children must fulfill a Shabbat service attendance requirement each year, and begin special training approximately six months prior to their day.
- Dates are assigned two years in advance. Most children are assigned dates close to their thirteenth birthdays.
- B'nai Mitzvah candidates must be proficient in Hebrew reading skills to the satisfaction of the Rabbi and regularly attend Teen School, not missing more than four classes in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah year.