Temple Judea is known for its extraordinary Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. At the age of 13 a Jewish child becomes a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, a son or daughter of the commandments. Now responsible for their own ritual and ethical behavior, the child and family celebrate this milestone by coming to Torah and helping to lead services. At Temple Judea this is a warm and joyful and meaningful experience. Students need to begin their formal studies 4 years in advance, at our wonderful religious school or at another synagogue. One can find a date for the ceremony as far as 3 years before the celebrations. Within 1 year of the Bar and Bat Mitzvah, students begin their studies of prayers and they start to learn their Torah and Haftarah sections. A cantor or professional Bar/Bat Mitzvah teacher from Temple Judea will train your child. It's a great joy.
If your family is preparing for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, you know what's involved. We want to make the experience as meaningful and stress-free as possible. Here are some quick links to help you:
Training Process and Timeline overview. Click here.
The honors form. Click here.
How to write a D'var Torah: Creating a D'var Torah
We strongly believe that it is our responsibility as Jews to improve our world. Each child should complete at least one Tikkun Olam project prior to becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. We encourage families to work on this together. You will be provided with a list of opportunities and suggestions that will be helpful.
We are often asked if there is a certain amount of time required. Whereas there is no specific time requirement, we feel that the child and family should find their contribution meaningful and their efforts worthwhile. We hope that this work will continue and not be just a one-time activity.
Mitzvah Project Suggestions. click here.
If your Bar/Bat Mitzvah service is in:
August or September 2017 click here.
October or November 2017 click here.
December 2017 or January 2018 click here.
February or March 2018 click here.
April or May 2018 click here.
June or July 2018 click here.