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B'nai Mitzvah Process

Celebrating this special traditional rite of passage is an exciting time for our children, their families, and our congregational family. B’nai, B’not and Gil Mitzvah are held in our Sanctuary as part of our regular services. As an egalitarian congregation boys and girls participate equally in the training and during the service. B’nai, B’not and Gil Mitzvah may read Torah, Haftarah, and lead portions of the service according to their abilities. Families must be full and current members in good standing to be entitled to Bar/Bat/Gil Mitzvah privileges at the synagogue.
Children who are enrolled in our religious school or in day school and in their fifth year of Jewish instruction are eligible to celebrate becoming Bar/Bat/Gil Mitzvah at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El. In addition to their Jewish education, all children must fulfill a Shabbat service attendance requirement each year, and begin special training approximately six months prior to their day. Dates are assigned by our Bar/Bat/Gil Mitzvah Committee three years in advance. Most children are assigned dates close to their thirteenth birthdays in accordance with the Hebrew calendar. Consideration is also given to families requesting a Bat Mitzvah be celebrated at age 12. B’nai, B’not and Gil Mitzvah are celebrated at services on Shabbat Morning, Shabbat Afternoon, Sunday Rosh Chodesh, and special Monday or Thursday mornings. We make every effort to assure each child has their own special day.

| For our Bar/Bat/Gil Mitzvah Planning Handbook click here.
| To request a date, please fill out this form.
Tutoring and Sound Files from the Hazzan are available here.

| For students working on their Mitzvah Project, please click here for the booklet and forms.

Current Charges:
The B'nai Mitzvah fee covers our Journey to Bar/Bat/Gil Mitzvah Program. Training with the Hazzan, covers the tutoring during the year of the B'nai Mitzvah and the cost of flowers for the simcha. 

Year 1 (Usually 5th Grade): $400
Year 2 (Usually 6th Grade): $500
Year 3 (Usually 7th Grade): $600

Wed, February 8 2023 17 Shevat 5783