B’nei Mitvzah

Every student brings their unique strengths and challenges as they approach their B’nei Mitzvah, so we customize each student’s path through the prayers and their Torah portion. Our goal is for every B’nei Mitzvah student to feel confident and prepared as they approach their date, rather than looking at this milestone as merely a checklist to be completed. We push each student to achieve all that they are capable of.

We see B’nei Mitzvah as the moment we acknowledge that our students are approaching adulthood, and our job is to teach them about the sense of responsibility that is the essence of being an adult: responsibility for your work, your self, and the world around you. While the responsibility for the work is theirs, there is also an extensive support network of clergy, educators, and tutors who support each of our students on their journey.

Students are asked to take on four tasks: chant Torah and Haftarah, lead portions of our service, complete a mitzvah project, and give a D’var Torah (speech about the Torah portion). Typically, a student begins studying for their B’nei Mitzvah 7 months out from their service date (click here for the complete B’nei Mitzvah timeline).

One of the best ways to understand what a B’nei Mitzvah service looks like is to come on a Saturday morning or to watch a service on our Vimeo archive. For details on logistics around rentals, fees, and tutoring, please download our B’nei Mitzvah Handbook. You can also download the B’nei Mitzvah Honors Worksheets to see which honors are available: solo b’nei mitzvah service honors and joint b’nei mitzvah service honors.

For questions about B’nei Mitzvah tutoring or worship service questions, please call or email Cantor Marx at cantor@temple-sholom.org.

For questions about room rentals or fees, please call or email Marissa Kimmel at community@temple-sholom.org.

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