Choosing to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is an important decision to make. It helps connect you to the past, present, and future of the Jewish people. Humanistic Jews believe that boys who complete a Bar Mitzvah, and girls who complete a Bat Mitzvah should be treated equally, and that children of intermarried couples should have equal status, no matter which parent is Jewish.
Participants find our approach to Bar and Bat Mitzvah services very rewarding and memorable.
Each student selects a topic related to his or her Jewish experience and then receives individualized assistance from a mentor in researching and learning about the topic.
While the Or Adam minimum two year Sunday Sunlight School experience is relevant and meaningful, the Mitzvah student is guided in their independent research and study by their tutor (mentor) to complete a course of learning in approximately nine months about their family’s genealogy, their research topic’s meaning and significance and the writing of their presentation made to the congregation, typically at a Shabbat celebration. I individualize a custom Mitzvah service with the family to develop a personal, memorable experience.
The student then presents the research during the special ceremony honoring him or her. Some past topics have included Jews Around the World and Jews in Science. Some students choose a Hebrew Torah reading as it relates to the student’s interests.
Typically, an individual completes the Bar/Bat Mitzvah at thirteen years of age. However, adults who would like to publicly proclaim their belief in Humanistic Judaism are welcome to become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah as well
I will work with you and your child to create a celebration that will provide everybody with fond lifelong memories.