Dear B’nai Mitzvah Families,
Mazel Tov! We are excited to begin the B’nai Mitzvah journey with you and your family! Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a major milestone for a Jewish child. It is also an important emotional and religious passage for parents and the entire family. As we celebrate our child’s coming of age; we also affirm the values and relationships we hold most dear.
Families describe their Temple Micah B’nai Mitzvah experience as warm, inclusive, and supportive and we hope you will find this to be true as well. The uniqueness of this sacred event is felt in the warmth, personal concern, and quality of learning that is given to each and every child. Our hope is that every young person is given the love, and care that makes their Bar or Bat Mitzvah one of the most memorable Jewish events of their lives.
At Temple Micah we believe that this lifecycle moment is not a one-size-fits all affair. Instead, we partner with you and your child from the very beginning to create a personalized course of study and meaningful ceremony that provides each child with the opportunity to discover and hone their own unique talents and interests. Our goal is to have all of our young people feel accomplished for what they have achieved on their special day.
Through the B’nai Mitzvah process, we aim to give our children the tools to participate in Jewish life – reading Hebrew, learning traditional prayers, and chanting from the Torah. At the same time, we want them to not only learn to say the words, but have a chance to engage with the texts of our ancestors and find their own meaning. We encourage them to bring their whole selves to the process – questions, creativity, and sometimes even silliness
Beginning one year before your date, you will meet with Rabbi Elisa and Sue to plan your child’s course of study and choose a tutor. We will continue meeting with you throughout the year to plan a celebration tailored to your child and family, study your Torah portion, prepare speeches, create a personalized prayer book, and rehearse the service.
Please click here for the B’nai Mitzvah Handbook which has much more information.
Thank you for sharing your family’s simcha (happy occasion) with us at Temple Micah! We are here for you from the beginning to the end and beyond so please do not hesitate to call, email, or text with questions!
Rabbi Elisa Goldberg and Sue Weiner