There are few things in life as meaningful and emotional as your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah. It represents that point in time when your child becomes a young adult, assuming the privileges as well as the responsibilities of a young adult. Watching your child stand on the bima confidently chanting his/her Haftorah and Torah portions and blessings is a moment you and your child will never forget, and one that you will cherish forever. It is an incredibly proud moment for the young adult, his/her parents, extended family and friends.
At Congregation B’nai Torah, we understand the importance and significance of this life event. We are proud that our Bar/Bat Mitzvah program receives ongoing accolades from our members. It begins with our one-day-a-week Hebrew school, which is taught by experienced, certified instructors. The excellent program offers the first steps in preparing your child for his/her Bar/Bat Mitzvah. As your child approaches the Bar/Bat Mitzvah date, your child meets with the Rabbi and Cantor in several one-on-one sessions. Sessions with the Cantor are used to teach your child the Hebrew readings and blessings that they will recite at the service. Time with the Rabbi is spent studying and understanding the specific Torah portion, the Haftorah, and their meaning. In addition to the support of the Rabbi and Cantor, you will have the ongoing support of helpful people, contacts and materials to ensure your service and celebration are everything you want them to be.
The Bar/Bat Mitzvah service at Congregation B’nai Torah is personalized and customized for your family. While there are components that appear in all services, there are also many parts of the service that can be customized to your preferences. With the assistance of the Cantor, you determine what you would like, and your choices are incorporated into the service.
This is a special moment, a special service in your child’s and your family’s life. Therefore, the service focuses on your child, placing him or her front and center. In many ways your child acts as a co-leader of the service, reading Hebrew and English, reading and chanting Hebrew blessings, and chanting the Torah and Haftorah portions. Throughout the service everyone attending will feel the palpable warmth and connection that exist between the Rabbi, the Cantor, and your child.
Attending a Bar/Bat Mitzvah first hand is the best way to truly experience the power and emotion of a Congregation B’nai Torah Bar/Bat Mitzvah. We encourage you to join us for an upcoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah service. Our Rabbi and Cantor are available to answer any questions you may have.