B’nai Mitzvah

Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah

Bar Mitzvah for a boy, or Bat Mitzvah for a girl, is the status we bestow on young adults in the community when they have proven they understand what it means to be a Jewish adult. When a child turns 13 they are arguably no longer children. But they are also not yet adults ready to go out on their own into the world. Rather they are in a liminal state. They are in the in-between; no longer children, but not quite yet adults. They are, however, old enough at 13 to show that they understand what it means to be a Jewish adult.

In becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah, our young adults accept the privileges and responsibilities of being a Jew: lifelong Torah study and the keeping of mitzvot; Shabbat, holy-day and life-cycle observances; participation in the life of the synagogue, the Jewish Community, and Israel; dedication to Tikun Olam, the perfection of our world.

It is then, after affirming this commitment, that we celebrate this change in status and call our 13 year old young adults up the bima as Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

For a history of B’nai Mitzvah, click here.

Recordings of Prayers by Cantor Schwartz

Adult B’nai Mitzvah

If you are interested in celebrating an adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah please call our Clergy and Programming Administrator, Rachel Calvert, at 952-426-6643.