While students learn the significance of becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah during Religious School, students require additional and special preparation to participate in this important Jewish rite of passage.
Beginning in 6th grade, students will attend a pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah retreat weekend, with the purpose of helping students become invested in the process and introducing what is required of them. This retreat weekend is followed by a lively, thought-provoking Family Education program, giving parents and students a time to connect and learn together
In the months leading up to their 7th grade year (or the year of their 13th birthday), students and their parent(s) will work individually with both Rabbi Kraus, Cantor Robins, and one of our two B’nai Mitzvah tutors to prepare for this special day.
Students will also participate in the B'Mitzvotav program which provides opportunities for both study and community service as students take on the responsibilities of being an adult in the Jewish community. Students will perform 13 Mitzvot in the categories of Torah, Avodah, and Gimmelut Chasadim. As part of this program, students will select a mentor to guide them through their work on this project.
Becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a real achievement and a special milestone in a student's life. Our expectation is that a student will continue to grow their knowledge, education, and community by participating in Confirmation (at the end of 10th grade) and hopefully beyond to Religious School Graduation in 12th grade.