Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Celebrating becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah (being a Jew who reaches the age of thirteen) is an important milestone in the spiritual growth of a young Jewish adult.  It signifies that a young person has not only reached the age of thirteen, but is ready to assume greater responsibility in Jewish life.  Students deepen their relationship to Judaism as they lead a Shabbat service, read and teach Torah to the congregation, and participate in a mitzvah project.

The journey to becoming a Jewish spiritual adult (a bar/bat mitzvah) is a partnership between parents and the synagogue: providing engaging Jewish activities such as holidays, Shabbat, life cycle celebrations and services in which to participate. Participating in religious school is an important component of this as it is at synagogue religious school that one learns about the value of Jewish community, learns about the Jewish tradition and heritage, and learns Jewish music, prayers and rituals.

A Bar/Bat Mitzvah may have the honor of leading a worship service at TBO only after having completed at least three (3) consecutive years of religious school at our congregation.

The year prior to the service, the students and their parents participate in a series of four required workshops with Rabbi Rappaport.  These workshops are designed to create a very meaningful and personalized service experience to mark a sacred time.

Our goal is for everyone, including interfaith and LGBTQ families, to feel welcomed and embraced during the B’nai Mitzvah process.  We are privileged and honored to share this life cycle event with you, and we hope that it is filled with love, meaning, and a sense of pride and accomplishment. May it truly be a stepping-stone on the path of a lifelong engagement with Jewish learning.

For more information about the B’nai Mitzvah program at Temple Beth Orr, please feel free to contact us at


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