Temple Jeremiah

B’nai Mitzvah

B’nai Mitzvah Program at Temple Jeremiah

You are about to take the next step in your Jewish life, your Bar or Bat Mitzvah! Rabbi Cohen, Rabbi Heaps, and Cantor Friedman join you in the preparation of this milestone.

The Bar or Bat Mitzvah symbolizes, in Jewish terms, the transition of your childhood into the beginning of your adulthood on an intellectual, emotional, and moral level. You are becoming responsible for your moral and religious actions. This is a big shift in a person’s life and we are honored to navigate this shift with you, along with your parents and family.

To help you prepare for this milestone, we have a program designed to help you learn your Torah and Haftarah portions, write and share your D’var Torah, and complete a Tikkun Olam project.

Torah Portion: Each student aides in the selection of 12 verses to study from the weekly Torah portion (from the Five Books of Moses), and at the service these verses are chanted. If you are called to the bimah with another student you will each have different verses.

Haftarah Portion: Cantor Friedman provides each student with 2-3 verses of Haftarah (the Writings of the Prophets) to study. Similar to the Torah portion, these verses are chanted from the bimah.

D’var Torah: The D’var Torah (“word of Torah”) is the opportunity for you to share a lesson that you learned from your Torah verses. Rabbi Cohen and Rabbi Heaps will assist you in its preparation for reading from the bimah at the service.

Tikkun Olam Project: You will have the opportunity to help a community in need as you prepare to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Rabbi Heaps will work with you to identify a project that holds a special meaning or interest to you.

All of us at Temple Jeremiah are looking forward to being with you while you prepare for this special milestone and look forward to you leading us in prayer and learning during the service where you become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah!

If you have any questions about our B’nai Mitzvah Program, you can reach out to Cindy Lieb, B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator, or any of our Clergy.

Click on the links below to read more about the B’nai Mitzvah process and program at Temple Jeremiah:

B’nai Mitzvah Program Timeline

Date Assignment Process

B’nai Mitzvah Handbook _December 2018

Learning Differences

Room Rentals for an Extended Kiddush or a Party

Glossary of Hebrew Words and Terms

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