The Temple Har Shalom
B’nai Mitzvah Manual
Becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a milestone in our Jewish journey of life. Torah (Study), Avodah (Prayer), and G’milut Chasidim (Acts of Loving Kindness) are stepping-stones towards the realization that it’s not the day that has the highest of importance, but the lessons we learn on the journey to get to that place. Our preparation for this occasion in life does not begin nor end in the seventh grade. Jewish education is ideally a lifelong journey.
The Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony is an opportunity to chant Torah and Haftorah and to lead a congregation of people in prayer as a young person becomes a part of a larger adult Jewish community. Individual training with the Rabbi and Cantor gives our students a unique relationship to work closely with Jewish leaders that share the vision of perpetuating Judaism for the future.
In an effort to help you through this exciting and emotional process, we have put together a guide outlining time frames and expectations, along with a checklist of requirements. We ask that you remind your child of his or her sacred obligations to study and to come prepared to each lesson.
To download the current B’nai Mitzvah Manual, click here!
The time frames, of course, are approximate and will vary depending on the personal needs and ability of each student.
We look forward to working with each student as we prepare for this upcoming Simcha.