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Bar and Bat Mitzvah

Bar and Bat Mitzvah is an exciting step along the path of one’s Jewish education. Since the Middle Ages, this unique Jewish life-cycle event represents a transitional moment between childhood and young adulthood. Bar Mitzvah (for a boy) and Bat Mitzvah (for a girl) takes place when a student is at least 13 years old and has completed the religious school and congregational requirements necessary to be called to the Torah for the first time. While B’nai Mitzvah (plural) are celebrated on the Bima and are important life-cycle events for the entire family, traditionally, they are a rite of passage to middle and high school Jewish learning. Our B’nai Mitzvah celebrations are filled with joy are personalized for each student. It is both an academic achievement and a communal privilege to become Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Congregation B’nai Torah. B’nai Mitzvah students not only reach impressive milestones in their Jewish and Hebrew learning, but also take steps to improve the world through a mitzvah project (community service project) of their choosing.