B’nai Mitzvah Information


We hope that this will be a place to help you get some of your questions answered about out B’nai Mitzvah program. But don’t fret – if you don’t find your answer here, email Susan (click on the email link above) and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Some common questions:

1. Does my family have to be members of Temple Beth Abraham in order for my child to have a Bar/Bat Mtizvah ceremony there?

YES, we consider that a Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony welcomes a child into our community so you must be part of our community to hold your ceremony here.

2. Does my child have to attend religious school at Temple Beth Abraham in order to have a Bat/Bar Mitzvah ceremony there?

If your child is currently attending a Jewish Day School, then she/he does not have to attend our religious school program until 7th grade, at which point it is required that your child join our program. If your child does not attend a Jewish Day School, then attendance here is a requirement. Students must attend religious school for a minimum of 3 years – starting in the 5th grade. However, it is highly recommended that your child start religious school as early as possible so as to gain the greatest benefit from our program and to feel a part of our community.

3. How does my child get prepared for his/her haftarah and Torah readings?

Your child will learn the prayers that she/he will lead in religious school and will learn the two tropes (cantillations) as well as the haftarah and Torah readings with a private tutor. We will help you find a tutor. We
recommend your child start tutoring 9-12 months before the date of the ceremony.

4. I have many more questions – whom do I ask to get them answered?

You can click on the link below to access our B’nai Mitzvah handbook and you can email Susan Simon any time for additional information. Click on the email link at the top right hand corner of this page.

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