When a boy or girl reaches the age of thirteen he or she is expected to assume the religious responsibilities of an adult in the Jewish community. At Temple Emanu-El, this is marked by participating in a Shabbat morning service and reading from the Torah on or after their thirteenth birthday. Students also have an option to participate in an inter-generational trip to Israel and to celebrate the Bar/Bat Mitzvah during that trip.
Students prepare for Bar or Bat Mitzvah by developing skills to lead the congregation in parts of the Shabbat morning service, by learning to chant from the weekly Torah and Haftarah portions and by creating a D'var Torah, an individual interpretation of the weekly reading.
In order to become Bar or Bat Mitzvah, a student must be enrolled in our Youth and Family Education Program for at least two years prior to the event. Families must be members of the congregation and students must participate in the Youth and Family Education program as well as B'nei Mitzvah preparation classes.
For more information on the B'nei Mitzvah process and to get started with coordination, contact the B'nei Mitzvah Coordinator, Brittany Youngman
B'nei Mitzvah Resources
The B'nei Mitzvah Process and Logistics:
B'nei Mitzvah Family Information Packet
B'nei Mitzvah Preparations Timeline
Additional Information for Brandeis Hillel Day School Families
Sample Parent Blessings
B'nei Mitzvah Honors Sheet
Frequently Asked Questions
Key Terms and Vocabulary for the B'nei Mitzvah Process
Materials for Learning B'nei Mitzvah Prayers:
B'nei Mitzvah Mechina Prayer and Blessings Packet (text and audio)
Recordings of Bnai Mitzvah Mechina Prayers and Blessings (audio only)
B'nei Mitzvah Mechina Prayer and Blessings Packet (PDF, text only)
Materials for Choosing and Learning Torah and Haftarah Portions:
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