B’nai Mitzvah is a beautiful tradition – a link in the chain from our past to our future, ensuring the continuity of Judaism. Becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is an exciting time in the lives of our members and the life of our community. When our students become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, they are, in essence, saying that they are ready to take on the responsibilities of being a knowledgeable, responsible Jew. This is truly a moment to celebrate. At Temple B’nai Shalom, we revel in the fact that another young person has taken on our traditions and teachings for him/herself.
While the students receive the date of the bar/bat mitzvah service during school, their formal preparation begins well in advance. This preparation process is as meaningful an experience as the service itself. Our students study diligently with their teacher and the rabbi prior to their service, studying principally their Torah and Haftorah portions.
We are a community blessed with an abundance of young people becoming B’nai Mitzvah. It is through these shared lifecycle events that B’nai Shalom is strengthened as a synagogue and as a community.