A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is one who has reached the age of responsibility for the observance of the commandments (mitzvot) of the Torah. Though a young Jew is considered a responsible Jewish adult once he or she has turned the proper age, for centuries families have marked the young person’s new status with rituals at a prayer service. At Temple Sinai, our young people study in our religious school twice a week from second grade on, learning Hebrew and Jewish tradition. When the child reaches the age of ten, families choose a date for celebrating a child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
Two years before that date, our students are expected to begin attending Shabbat services on a regular basis in order to become familiar with the flow of traditional prayer.
Six months to one year before the chosen date, each student begins private lessons with the cantor to learn the segments of the service he or she will lead. In addition, our B’nai Mitzvah students prepare a series of short speeches to be delivered at the service on their special day.
The joy of celebration continues following the service, when the entire congregation joins the celebrating family and their invited guests at the Kiddush, for Temple Sinai sees each Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration as a community simhah, an occasion for communal rejoicing.
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