Bar / Bat Mitzvah
Become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah at Temple Sholom.
Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Temple Sholom represents the completion of a child’s primary and middle school Religious Education, typically around the 13th birthday.
We celebrate this rite of passage in a congregational setting on Shabbat mornings. In addition to classroom work, students meet with their Rabbinic Mentor over the course of a year, as well as individual tutoring sessions. This long term preparation forges bonds and enables thoughtful and mature approaches to the entire experience.
As a privilege of membership, the family may use Temple facilities for their extended celebration.
“Through this experience I have learned that there is no substitute for hard work.”Jeremy Prince
What becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah means at Temple Sholom
The Bar/Bat Mitzvah program at Temple Sholom strives to address not only the mechanics of reading from the Torah, but also how to navigate this period in the life of one’s family informed by Jewish values and Jewish tradition. As part of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, we also offer occasions for parents and children to learn together. This not only supports the idea of lifelong Jewish learning, but also provides opportunities for parents and children to explore their relationship and the concept of responsibility at a time when young people are testing both their own individuality and the authority of their parents. We are privileged to be part of the life of your family at this momentous time.
In addition to Jewish values, history, and holidays, which our students learn in our Religious School/Beit Sefer Shalom, Bar/Bat Mitzvah students learn basic synagogue skills including reading Hebrew, becoming familiar with the basic components of Jewish worship, and learning how to write a D’var Torah (literally, “a word of Torah,” a brief speech based on the weekly Torah portion).
The teen years (i.e., post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah) are essential in terms of forming a strong Jewish identity, a mature understanding of the meaning of Judaism on a deep, personal level, and a lifelong connection to the Jewish community. Therefore, at Temple Sholom we also emphasize that becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah means making a commitment to ongoing participation in the life of the Jewish community in general, as well as an explicit commitment to continue one’s Jewish learning in our Crown Family High School through 12th grade graduation.