Temple Jeremiah is honored to guide our young people in their Bar or Bat Mitzvah studies. After more than four years of education, our students are well prepared for this special milestone in Jewish life. We support our students every step of the way as they get ready to lead the congregation for their Bat or Bar Mitzvah service. The clergy supports our students in learning their Torah and Haftarah portions, writing and sharing their D’var Torah and completing a Tikkun Olam project.

See our Temple Jeremiah B’nai Mitzvah Handbook (PDF) for comprehensive detail about the service and its requirements. The Handbook is a complete resource with what the student and the student’s family needs to know about the preparation, timetable and responsibilities for this exciting event. Scheduled Temple meetings provide more information and an opportunity to ask questions. You can also call Temple at any time for more information.

If you have any questions about our B’nai Mitzvah Program, you can reach out to Cindy Lieb, B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator: cindy@templejeremiah.org or 847.441.5760.

Please click here to listen to the B’nai Mitzvah Prayers.

All B’nai Mitzvah take place on Saturday mornings, typically at 11:00 a.m. If the 11:00 a.m. service is filled and we have additional requests for that Saturday, we will open a 9:00 a.m. service. It is not uncommon for two students to be called to the Torah at the same service.

Temple Jeremiah fully understands and embraces the need to accommodate a student with special needs. We want every Bar or Bat Mitzvah to have a positive celebratory experience and a meaningful ceremony. If your child has any learning differences and/or an Independent Education Plan (IEP), please be sure to share this information with Cindy Lieb, B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator; our clergy; or Matt Rissien, Director of Congregational Learning.

If you have any questions about our B’nai Mitzvah Program, you can reach out to Cindy Lieb, B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator: cindy@templejeremiah.org or 847.441.5760.

We welcome all Temple Jeremiah members who have not previously had the opportunity to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah to our Adult B’nai Mitzvah Classes. Our class is generally held every Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., June through May. The class covers both Judaic and Hebrew learning and is taught by Rabbi Paul Cohen, Rabbi Rachel Heaps, Cantor Susan Friedman and Matt Rissien. The course culminates with an Adult B’nai Mitzvah on a date selected in collaboration with those participating in the class. In preparation of the service, each person will be assigned a few verses of Torah to read from the Bimah, along with some prayers.

For more information on Adult B’nai Mitzvah, please contact Phyllis Burg, Senior Executive Assistant: phyllis@templejeremiah.org or 847-441-5760 ext.110.


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