Bar/Bat Mitzvah

On attaining the age of mitzvot, a Jew becomes responsible for observing the religious and ethical traditions of Judaism. A Bar/Bat Mitzvah, therefore, is not the culmination of planning and study, but rather the beginning of an adult Jewish life. At Beth Jacob, we encourage you to think of Bar/Bat Mitzvah as an important milestone along the continuum of Jewish life, but by no means an endpoint. We believe… continue reading »

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Scheduling
The Role of Shabbat Enrichment
Tutoring For Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Additional Aspects of Preparation
Services the Week of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Service
The Beth Jacob Community and Your Simcha

Kol Ya’akov Bar/Bat Mitzvah Bio Guide
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Preparation Timeline
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Skills Sheet
If You’ve Never Been to a Bar/Bat Mitzvah at Beth Jacob

Whom Shall I Ask When I Have Questions?

In addition to this handbook, many people at Beth Jacob can help you answer questions you may have about your Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience.
Sean Murphy, Executive Director, for questions concerning­ anything about use of the building, meals, or Kiddush lunch.
Rabbi Morris Allen, Congregational Rabbi, for questions concerning your family’s needs, kashrut, the meaning of your Torah portion or ritual matters
Rabbi Tamar Grimm, Assistant Rabbi, for questions concerning learning towards the celebration of your simcha including Family Life Cycle Workshops.

Additional Readings

Putting the ‘Mitzvah’ Back into Bar and Bat Mitzvah
Between Sesame Street and Wall Street – source unknown
Conspicuous Consumption at Jewish Functions – by Rabbi Aryeh Shapiro

Additional Links:

How to be a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Guest
B’ruchim Haba’im – Welcome to Beth Jacob Congregation

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