B’nai Mitzvah Program

Becoming a B'nai Mitzvah at Tifereth Israel Synagogue

One of the most memorable days in a young person’s life is the day upon which he or she becomes a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. It is the day upon which each takes his or her rightful place as an adult member of the Jewish community.

Tifereth Israel is dedicated to making every Bar or Bat Mitzvah a special occasion. Each of our celebrants chants the Torah and Haftarah portions, leads the service, and delivers a D’var Torah (speech). For an entire year before the service, in addition to their regular Torah School classes, each child meets with a private tutor on a weekly basis to prepare. All students receive customized study and preparatory materials. All parents receive a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Handbook and personal guidance to help them get ready. Our rabbi spends time with each student and family to insure that every service is unique and meaningful.

Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations take place during our regularly scheduled worship services to insure that each one is a celebration for our entire community. Tifereth Israel is an egalitarian congregation. Boys and girls participate equally in the service and receive the same education and preparation.

Torah School students pose together outdoors

The B'nai Mitzvah Process

1. Choosing a Date

In the 4th grade year you will get a letter that will invite you to a meeting to share your requested dates as well as ask questions about the process.

2. B'nai Mitzvah Experience

The 6th Grade year will include several experiences tailored to rising B'nai Mitzvah and their families as they begin to prepare for the process.

3. Tutoring

About 10 months to a year out, you will receive an email from the Rabbi to schedule your child's individual tutoring, as well as an invoice that will cover that tutoring.

4. Meetings with the Rabbi

About six weeks out from your big day you will start meeting with the Rabbi to work on your dvar and any other items you might need.

5. Rehearsal

The week of your bar or bat mitzvah there will be a couple hours scheduled and set aside for the rehearsal. Here you will go through everything, ask questions as well as get any photos you might want with your photographer.

6. The Big Day!

You made it to the big day! Take a breath, do your best and enjoy celebrating this beautiful simcha with the entire community!

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