Thirty or more times over the course of a year, our congregation is blessed with celebrating a child becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Our members take great pride in the accomplishments of our youth and the devoted study they undertake to become adult members of our Jewish community.

Each child in our congregation is called to the Torah as a B’nai Mitzvah alone. It is their day to shine and be recognized individually. At Shabbat services, they are given the opportunity to teach the congregation about their parsha with a D’var Torah and to recite a Haftorah. With months of preparation, studying with the Rabbi and the Cantor, they shine like stars with great confidence, growing up before our eyes. It is a cherished moment for all to see the next generation embrace the traditions and commitments of our Jewish faith.

Decorum

B’nai Tikvah is a Conservative synagogue. While in the building, we ask that all men wear a kippah (skullcap) and that Jewish men wear a tallit (prayer shawl) in the sanctuary. Women may choose to cover their heads, however, women who ascend to the bima (the raised area of the sanctuary) must wear a head covering. Lace head coverings for women and kippot for men are provided in a basket in the lobby. Whenever the Ark is opened or when the Torah scrolls are being held, it is customary to rise. During these times or when the Torah is being read, we ask that you do not walk in or out of the Sanctuary as a sign of respect.

Phones, Texting & Cameras

To help preserve the sanctity of the Sabbath, please refrain from writing, smoking, photography, and the use of all electronic devices (cell phones, beepers, etc.), both in the synagogue and anywhere on synagogue property. Also please note that girls and women should have their shoulders covered.

Preparation

The B’nai Mitzvah process starts three years in advance by establishing the date. Over the course of the next few years, the B’nai Mitzvah committee holds a series of meetings to help the families plan for this very special life cycle event. The B’nai Mitzvah Handbook is an important tool that has been created to help families prepare. You can request a hard copy from the synagogue office or download the PDF file.

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