The B’nai Mitzvah journey at B’nai Jeshurun is framed by Torah (study), avodah (prayer), and gemilut hesed (acts of loving-kindness), where children will continue to build on their foundation of Jewish education, participate in meaningful ritual and prayer experiences, and discover that they have the ability and responsibility to make an impact on the world.
Your child’s bar/bat mitzvah is an affirmation of your family’s commitment to Jewish community and education. It is an exhilarating moment in a journey of learning, spiritual growth and commitment to mitzvot. You will discover the rewards of recognizing your child’s steps from childhood towards maturity within the context of a committed Jewish life. And it is holy for us as a community to support and celebrate this transformation with you.
“Both my son and my daughter attended Hebrew School and became b’nai mitzvah at BJ. It was a very enriching and satisfying experience for us all.”
B’nai Mitzvah Date Application
If you were unable to join us at the fourth grade B’nai Mitzvah orientation, packets were mailed to your home. You may click here to download the date application. Date notification and the B’nai Mitzvah Brit have been sent. For more information contact Beth Tarson.
Shabbat Family Learning Programs
Starting in the spring of fourth grade and continuing throughout sixth grade, all pre-b’nai mitzvah children and their parents are invited to attend special Family Learning Programs for their specific grade. In addition to building familiarity with the b’nai mitzvah process, you will have the opportunity to engage in Torah study with the Rabbis and educators as you learn more about this rite of passage. This is also a very special time for you and your child to learn with his or her community of peers.
Fourth Grade B’nai Mitzvah Journey Opening Ritual
Families of all 4th grade students are invited to BJ’s annual B’nai Mitzvah Journey Opening Ritual, where the entire Torah will be unrolled, and each student will find the parasha (portion) that he/she will read when called to the Torah for his/her Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
Join Rabbi Felicia Sol for this extraordinary event that brings together all 4th grade students and families as they begin their ascent toward becoming b’nai mitzvah.
Fifth Grade Overnight
All fifth graders attend an overnight at the synagogue in late winter/early spring, beginning with a Havdalah ceremony. Here, students will have an opportunity to get to know each other while engaging in fun activities that promote community-building, learning, worship and social action.
Sixth Grade Spring Retreat
Each spring, sixth graders will attend a weekend long B’nai Mitzvah Retreat. Throughout Shabbat and the weekend students will have a great time bonding while participating in learning, worship and social action opportunities with educators and a rabbi.
Mitzvah Missions are a chance for students to consider how they can make a difference in the world. They are typically started during their 6th grade or 7th grade year, and continued beyond their B’nai Mitzvah. At the Mitzvah Fair, held every winter, students will have a chance to learn about various volunteer organizations and ways they can get involved. There are many ways to complete one’s Mitzvah Missions. Past projects have included:
- Monthly volunteering with a non-profit organization
- Starting an organization to help fill a need within our community
- Participating in BJ programs, including cooking for the shelter and Special Needs Havdallah