B’nai Mitzvah

Welcome to the next step in your family’s Jewish journey

We are excited to guide you into deeper engagement with the Jewish tradition, people, and faith as your child studies to become Bar, Bat, or B’nai Mitzvah.

B’nai Mitzvah students are moving from childhood to adulthood, from learning to be responsible to being responsible. As a child of the commandments, they commit themselves to be proud members of our ancient people.

The words B’nai Mitzvah mean “one who is responsible for religious obligations (mitzvot).” Hence, Jewish adulthood is attained by accepting the responsibilities and obligations of living as a Jew. We know that preparing for B’nai Mitzvah can be an intense and emotional time for families. Please know that we are here to help!

B’nai Mitzvah Timeline

3 Years:  Attend 4th Grade B’nai Mitzvah Launchpad and Schedule B’nai Mitzvah Date
2 Years:  Attend 5th Grade B’nai Mitzvah Launchpad and Receive Torah Portion
1 Year:  Attend 6th Grade B’nai Mitzvah Launchpad and Learn Service Preparation Logistics
8-9 Months: Secure a B’nai Mitzvah Tutor
6-9 Months: Begin working with B’nai Mitzvah Tutor
4-6 Months: Receive Rabbinic Assignment and Rehearsal Schedule
3 Weeks: Rehearsals Begin

B’nai Mitzvah Launchpad

The B’nai Mitzvah process, both for a child and a parent, is an exciting time filled with anticipation and lots of questions. The Clergy and The Learning Center are piloting a new initiative to guide families step by step, in hopes of making this journey a more meaningful one.

Parents and students will gather together twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring by grade for three years, developing a community of support along the way.

The fall session for each grade will be led by our clergy. Families will learn and share the spiritual values of becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah through Torah and traditions. They’ll also discover the logistics along the way, from setting a date through the lottery in 4th grade to choosing a tutor in 6th grade.
Then in the spring, The Learning Center staff will lead parents and students in a one-day project to inspire enthusiasm, creativity, and enrichment around the B’nai Mitzvah service.

“Becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah isn’t just for the student. It brings the whole family together in acknowledgment of this special milestone to prepare them for Jewish adulthood. The Temple is excited to engage the community in this profound process.”  – Rabbi Yael Dadoun

Schedule A B’nai Mitzvah

If your child is in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and does not yet have a B’nai Mitzvah date, please reach out to Amy Aquila at aaquila@ttti.org or 216-455-1725.