Bar & Bat Mitzvah

On Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Upon reaching the age of thirteen, boys and girls are expected to assume the religious responsibilities of an adult in the Jewish community by becoming Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah.

Congregation Emanu-El marks this milestone by having the youth participate in a Shabbat morning service on or after their thirteenth birthday and read from the Torah. Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah are opportunities for a son or a daughter and their entire family to enjoy a major Jewish life cycle experience, involving the family and our congregation in Jewish values by teaching Torah and celebrating together.

Learn more about the B'nei Mitzvah program here.

To reserve the Temple facilities for your Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration venue, please email Svetlana Leykin, or be in touch at (415) 751-2541 x123.


Celebrating a Shehecheyanu Moment?

Congregation Emanu-El is an ever-present partner in the transitional moments of our members’ lives. Be it a baby naming or brit milah, bar or bat mitzvah, conversion or wedding ceremony, or a recovery from illness, the Temple clergy and staff strive to ensure that each sacred ‘Shehecheyanu Moment’ is deeply fulfilling and personal.

A donation to the Emanu-El Life-Cycle Fund is a lovely way to mark a personal life-cycle experience, to honor friends or family celebrating a happy milestone or in gratitude for the services the clergy provide during these profound moments. Donate online or call the Development office at (415) 750-7554.

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