Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a Jewish rite of passage – a way to mark our children’s formal recognition as young adults in the Jewish community. Our Beth Am community comes together to honor our students as they reach this milestone on the road to maturity, and with great joy we welcome them as young adult members of the congregation. The words Bar/Bat 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 Bar/Bat Mitzvah can be an intense and emotional time for families. Please know that we are here to help!
In addition to your child's preparations with clergy and staff, parents of seventh graders also participate in Morasha, a B'nei Mitzvah enrichment program, during which the meaning and origins of Bar/Bat Mitzvah, the "how's" and "why's" of the Shabbat morning service, issues of Jewish adolescence, and ways to make the Bar/Bat Mizvah experience more meaningful are explored. The final six months of preparation happen in our Beit Midrash program, during which students meet regularly with their fellow students and spend some time working individually with a Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor and our clergy.
Our lay and professional leaders look forward to welcoming your child into Jewish adulthood on this very special day.