While students will learn about the significance of becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah during Sunday school, students require additional, special preparation to participate in this important Jewish rite of passage.
During sixth grade, they attend a pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah retreat weekend. The purpose of the weekend is to help students become invested in the process of becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. On a Sunday shortly after the retreat, all sixth grade families join us for a lively, thought-provoking follow-up family education program. During the seventh grade year (or the year of the 13th birthday), in the months prior to the student becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, the student and parent(s) will work individually with both Rabbi Kraus and one of our two B’nai Mitzvah tutors to prepare for this special day. In addition, students will have check-in meetings with Cantor Trietman during these same months.
Students will also participate in the B'Mitzvotav program which provides opportunities for both study and community service as students take on the responsibilities of being an adult in the Jewish community. As part of this program, all students will select a mentor to guide them through their work on this project. Additional information will be provided at the special B'nai Mitzvah Parents meetings to be held during the fall.
Becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a real achievement and a special milestone in a student's life. Confirmation, at the end of 10th grade is another important step. We expect every student to fulfill the commitment of completing his/her Reform Jewish education with Confirmation, and hopefully beyond to Religious School graduation in 12th grade.