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B'nai Mitzvah ceremonies can be one of the most meaningful rituals in Judaism. It is an opportunity for parents and children to bond with each other, and to create lasting connections with their heritage, with community, and with our rabbis. 

The ceremony is held when a child has turned thirteen on the Hebrew Calendar, and takes place at a service when the Torah is read. Most often, B'nai Mitzvah ceremonies will take place on Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, and there may be opportunities on a weekday as well.

The B'nai Mitzvah preparation is a celebration of a child’s Jewish education and accomplishments, so preparation begins with a child’s first introduction to Jewish prayer and study. At B’nai Torah, we begin the formal process at age nine or ten by assigning a date and beginning to create relationships with our rabbis. 

Our B'nai Mitzvah families engage in synagogue life by attending our main service, special family services, and by having their children engage in social events and social action programming in the years leading up to their service.

If you have been invited to a Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony at Congregation B'nai Torah, a few notes:

  • Our service is primarily in Hebrew, but our prayer books offer translation and transliteration so you can follow along.
  • We do not allow photography or use of electronic devices on the Sabbath or festivals. 


If you would like more information about a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, please contact Rabbi Joshua Heller at, Rabbi Hillel Konigsburg at, or Rabbi Elizabeth Breit at

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