All children who attend our Religious School have the opportunity to have a bar/bat mitzvah ceremony any time after a child reaches 12-1/2 years of age. While there are standard requirements for b’nei mitzvah at Congregation Kehilat Shalom, each service is tailored to meet the needs and abilities of individual students and their families. The rabbi, prayer and torah trope tutors, and the B’nei Mitzvah Coordinator are all available to help each family prepare and plan for this joyful occasion and sacred rite of passage.
In addition to learning prayers and trope, b’nei mitzvah students also plan and carry out a “mitzvah project”, a social action or community service activity of their choice.
Every Spring the rabbi conducts a series of classes during which upcoming b’nei mitzvah families can acquaint themselves with Congregation Kehilat Shalom policy and procedures, as well as explore the meaning attached to this important event in your family’s life. A b’nei mitzvah fee is due one year prior to the service and covers tutoring costs, as well as the fee for the cantor to co-officiate at the service with the rabbi.
If you have any further questions about bar/bat mitzvah or other membership activities at CKS, please feel free to contact the synagogue office at: (908) 359-0420 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tools for the B’nei Mitzvah student:
Listen to the Shabbat prayers (in the CKS Audio Library)
Learn Torah trope (in the CKS Audio Library)
Navigating the Bible: Online Bar and Bat Mitzvah Tutor (external resource)
To plan your honors:
Download and complete an Honors Planning form: