Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Celebrating a Bar or Bat Mitzvah 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 B’nai Mitzvah process begins in religious school, where each student learns to read Hebrew and increases their Jewish knowledge.  Bar and Bat Mitzvah dates are finalized in 5th grade, and over the next two years, families participate in community-building and preparation workshops.  Approximately one year before the ceremony, students begin working on prayer fluency and Torah reading.  Three months before the ceremony, the family meets with Rabbi Loving to shape details of the service, and she and the student then continue working together privately.

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: Eric Bakerman, Executive Director,

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