Becoming a B'nai Mitzvah
At Temple Emanuel, B'nai Mitzvah is more than a rite of passage. It is a true celebration of a young person’s Judaism. Each Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience is completely personalized. Families meet with Rabbi Hersh several times to ensure that the Bar/Bat Mitzvah process and ceremony is meaningful to both the child and parents. During the meetings, a date will be determined as well as the type of ceremony; Shabbat morning, Havdallah, or another time. In the months leading up to the ceremony, students work with a private tutor to learn a portion of the Torah in Hebrew. Because of our small size, students are usually able to reserve a date of their choosing for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah - and because of the close relationship that our students have with the Rabbi, the service can be easily customized to reflect their personality. In our home-like atmosphere, we embrace all family members of the B'nai Mitzvah honoree.