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B'nai Mitzvah Information

Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a very special moment in time for our young people, their families and friends and our community. At Temple Shalom, all students become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah close to their 13th birthday. B’nai and B'not Mitzvah occur on Saturday mornings and are open to the Temple Shalom community and invited guests. The Bar or Bat Mitzvah takes part in the Shabbat evening (Friday night) service preceding the ceremony as they lead our community in the blessing over the wine and their family lights the Shabbat candles.

On Saturday, the Bar or Bat Mitzvah helps lead the congregation in prayer, has their first Aliyah (being called to the Torah), chants Torah and Haftarah, and shares a D’var Torah (speech about their Torah portion) with the congregation.

For more information about the process of becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, please look at our B'nai Mitzvah Guide. If you have any questions, please reach out to our B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator, Andrea Levinsky or Liz Shiro, Director of K-6 Education.

Listen as Cantor Halpern chants the prayers used in Bar and Bat Mitzvah services.

Mitzvah Projects are sometimes part of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience.

If your child is in 5th, 6th or 7th grade, please join our Facebook group.

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