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Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (1/1/2022) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (1/1/2022)
Jan 1 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service – Jonah Schwarcz (Meyer) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Jonah Schwarcz (Meyer)
Jan 1 @ 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: This service … Continued
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Intro to Judaism – Winter 2022 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – Winter 2022
Jan 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join Emanu-El clergy to learn about the breadth and wonder of Jewish tradition. This class is a pathway for the adult learner who wishes to discover or deepen Jewish knowledge, non-Jews who are marrying a … Continued
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Weekly Morning Minyan (Jan 5) 8:00 am
Weekly Morning Minyan (Jan 5)
Jan 5 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
We are offering a weekly morning minyan for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here to navigate to our … Continued
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Shabbat Service with Guest Speaker Manny Yekutiel – 1/7/2022 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service with Guest Speaker Manny Yekutiel – 1/7/2022
Jan 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for Virtual Friday Night Shabbat Services this Friday, January 7th, at 6:00 pm! Please note, in response to the rapidly growing spread of Omicron, we are suspending in-person worship for the next few … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Beth Singer (1/8/2022) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Beth Singer (1/8/2022)
Jan 8 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Beth Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (1/8/22) 10:00 am
Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (1/8/22)
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Eva Richey (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Eva Richey (Main)
Jan 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: This service will … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Ziv Metlitzky (Meyer) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Ziv Metlitzky (Meyer)
Jan 8 @ 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: This service … Continued
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Men’s Group – January 9, 2022 9:30 am
Men’s Group – January 9, 2022
Jan 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Gentlemen of the El, The first Men's Group gathering of 2022 is scheduled for 9:30 am – 11:00 am on Sunday, January 9th. Due to the rapid spread of Omicron, the January Men’s Group will meet virtually. We … Continued
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Weekly Morning Minyan (Jan 12) 8:00 am
Weekly Morning Minyan (Jan 12)
Jan 12 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
We are offering a weekly morning minyan for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here to navigate to our … Continued
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MLK Commemoration Shabbat Service 6:00 pm
MLK Commemoration Shabbat Service
Jan 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In response to the rapidly growing spread of Omicron, we are suspending in-person Friday night worship for the next few weeks, including for the MLK Pulpit Exchange at both Emanu-El and Third Baptist Church. Our … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris (1/15/2022) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris (1/15/2022)
Jan 15 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (1/15/22) 10:00 am
Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (1/15/22)
Jan 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – M. Zuercher and N. Coffman 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – M. Zuercher and N. Coffman
Jan 15 @ 10:45 am – 12:30 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will … Continued
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MLK Commemoration Sunday Service 10:00 am
MLK Commemoration Sunday Service
Jan 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
In response to the rapidly growing spread of Omicron, we are suspending in-person Friday night worship for the next few weeks, including for the MLK Pulpit Exchange at both Emanu-El and Third Baptist Church. Our … Continued
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Weekly Morning Minyan (Jan 19) 8:00 am
Weekly Morning Minyan (Jan 19)
Jan 19 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
We are offering a weekly morning minyan for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here to navigate to our … Continued
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Shabbat Service – (1/21/2022) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service – (1/21/2022)
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for Virtual Friday Night Shabbat Services this Friday, January 21st, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Jason Rodich and Cantor Arik Luck in the Main Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe and … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (1/22/2022) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (1/22/2022)
Jan 22 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service – Lucas Geller (Main) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Lucas Geller (Main)
Jan 22 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (1/22/22) 10:00 am
Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (1/22/22)
Jan 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Marc Chang (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Marc Chang (Main)
Jan 22 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
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Shabbat Service – (1/28/2022) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service – (1/28/2022)
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for Virtual Friday Night Shabbat Services this Friday, January 28th, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Cantor Marsha Attie in the Main Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe and … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris (1/29/2022) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris (1/29/2022)
Jan 29 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service – M. Gassman and R. Imber Safdar 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – M. Gassman and R. Imber Safdar
Jan 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Asher Ellis (Meyer) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Asher Ellis (Meyer)
Jan 29 @ 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will … Continued
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B’nei Mitzvah Program | בני מצוה

When a young person reaches the age of 13, they are expected to assume the religious responsibilities of an adult in the Jewish community. At Congregation 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 becoming B’nei Mitzvah during that trip. We are happy to create individual B’nei Mitzvah experiences for students with special needs. Please contact Flora Kupferman for more information.

Students prepare for B’nei 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 B’nei Mitzvah, a student must be enrolled in our B’nei mitzvah 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, Lauren Schuller.

B’nei Mitzvah Resources

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Materials for Choosing and Learning Torah and Haftarah Portions

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Suggested Torah and Haftarah Readings

To access resources for the Jewish calendar, Hebrew-English Bible, Jewish texts, and Torah portion translations, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is it necessary to be a member of Congregation Emanu-El for our child to become B’nei Mitzvah?

Yes. Your family does need to have a current membership for your child to become B’nei Mitzvah.

Other than being members of the congregation, what are the other requirements?

Along with being members of the congregation, students do need to be enrolled and active in our youth and family education (YFE) program. The only exception is if your child attends Brandeis Day School. Our Brandeis students join YFE in the 6th grade.

Is there a fee to be part of the B’nei Mitzvah program?

There is no additional fee to have your child become B’nei Mitzvah at Emanu-El.

What is the timeline of preparation?

Our B’nei Mitzvah program begins three years before the 13th birthday when families are assigned their dates. Within the year of their B’nei Mitzvah, our students attend an 8-week blessings class, work with a Hebrew reading coach for 8 weeks, have weekly chanting lessons for 6 months, and work with their guide rabbi once a month for 6 months.

How long is a B’nei Mitzvah service, and when does it start?*

Our B’nei Mitzvah service begins at 10:30 am and is an hour and a half on Saturday mornings.

Which rabbi and cantor will officiate at our service?*

We’re glad you asked! Your cantor will depend on which sanctuary you choose to have your child’s B’nei Mitzvah. If choose the Main Sanctuary, your family will work with Cantor Luck, and if you choose the Martin Meyer Sanctuary, your family will work with Cantor Attie.

Your rabbi will be assigned just about one year in advance of the B’nei Mitzvah.

In which sanctuary will our child become B’nei Mitzvah?*

Great question! You will receive a date request form with the available dates for your child’s cohort. You will have the option to select dates in either sanctuary.

How do we get a date for our child’s B’nei Mitzvah?

Your family will be invited to our date-setting meeting three years before your child’s 13th birthday. At this meeting, you will receive a form that has available dates to select from.

Do all services take place at Congregation Emanu-El, or can we have a service outside or somewhere else?

All services with our clergy will be held at Congregation Emanu-El.

Some of our family members aren’t Jewish. Does that affect anything?

This is another great question. For family members that are not Jewish, the only limitation is which blessings they are and are not able to say on the bimah.

* This information is true for 2026 forward. We will be under construction from 2023-2025 and will only have the Main Sanctuary available. Our cantors will be alternating weekends and there will be back-to-back services at 9:00 am and 11:15 am.

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