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Becoming a B'nai Mitzvah at Temple Israel

When a child moves from childhood to young adulthood, we celebrate and affirm that covenantal connection first made when the boy/girl was born. This is why a child who enters young adulthood is called either a “Bar or Bat Mitzvah” – one who is a “son/daughter of deeds that are holy.” It is a joyful time that is celebrated both in the sanctuary and beyond.

At Temple Israel we love working with all of our B’nai Mitzvah children and their families. Our children work with all of our rabbis, their tutors, and their teachers to prepare for a truly special day. All of us share in a wonderful partnership – working together to ensure two things: First, that the entire Bar/Bat Mitzvah journey (from the time when a date is selected up to the day of the service/celebration itself) is as meaningful as possible. And second, that this moment of Jewish affirmation/celebration is indelibly linked to a lifelong love for being Jewish.

Rabbi Michael Wolk

Cantor Shira Lissek

Clergy Assistant

Director, Congregational Education






Please read the B'nai Mitzvah Handbook, which contains information about the B'nai Mitzvah preparation, fees, tutoring, event planning and much more.



Cantor Shira Lissek has recorded the tefillot we sing during Shabbat services. Please CLICK HERE to listen to the tefillot.



At the end of your child's Fourth Grade school year, you will receive a letter and contract from Temple Israel. The letter will include the date of your child's B'nai Mitzvah as well as a contract for you to sign. If you are ready to submit your child's B'nai Mitzvah Registration, please fill out the B'nai Mitzvah Registration form.

Sun, June 23 2024 17 Sivan 5784