The ancient rabbinic collection of teachings known as Pirkei Avot (“Ethics of the Fathers”) teaches that at five years a child should begin study of Torah; at ten, the child begins rabbinic texts known as mishna; and at thirteen, takes on the mitzvot. Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is one of the wonderful ritual moments in our Jewish lives.
We understand Bnei Mitzvah not as one-time events, but as the start of a life-long process of learning, deepening personal connections, and celebrating ritual with family and community.
Children and families begin learning with our Rabbis a year before the child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah during our Bnei Mitzvah Seminar series. This is an opportunity to deepen an understanding of the journey of becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Tutoring with our Ritual Director Dr. Davin Wolok and Cantor Aryeh Finklestein begins six to eight months prior to the Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
As Bnei Mitzvah dates approach, our Executive Director will work with all Bnei Mitzvah families to arrange for kiddushim, catering, and use of both large and small Social Halls for their celebrations. Our goal is to make each child’s journey as meaningful and joyous as possible.