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Bar & Bat Mitzvah

Bar/bat mitzvah means son/daughter of the covenant. It usually occurs on or after the thirteenth birthday of a young person.

At Havurah, we want to be sure b'nai mitzvah feel they are part of a community, which is why we require families to be members of Havurah Shalom for three full consecutive years prior to their child’s bar or bat mitzvah.

Though this may delay the bar or bat mitzvah until the young person is in his or her mid-teens, we believe it takes a foundation of time in order to build strong community ties and create significant relationships. A bar or bat mitzvah is a significant event in the life of a young person. Religiously, b'nai mitzvah are responsible for their moral actions. They also take their place of responsibility in the Jewish community by participating in Shabbat Services.

B’nai Mitzvah Workshops for 2018-19

Big Questions in B’nai Mitzvah

In fun and interactive ways, we will explore why we are doing this as a family, our various goals, and the long view of the process. 5:30-6:45 pm, Saturday, Nov. 3

Writing Your Drash

Study a passage of Torah, discover commentary, pose an interesting question, and relate it to your contemporary context. 7:00-8:30 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 7

B’nai Mitzvah Planning Logistics

The logistics of b’nai mitzvah planning and setup at Havurah will be addressed by Havurah’s Office & Facilities Manager, Rachel Pollak. 7:00-8:30 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 28

Whose Bar or Bat Mitzvah Is It Anyway?

What are some of the important explicit – and sometimes hidden – factors, choices, and messages? Parents will explore the meaning(s) of b'nai mitzvah, and its power as a rite of passage for the whole family, especially the hopes and fears that inspire, inform, and complicate the preparation and planning process. Led by Deborah Eisenbach-Budner and Laura Orgel. 3:00-4:30 pm, Saturday, March 16

Beginning the B’nai Mitzvah Journey: Why, When & How

This workshop for parents intends to launch families on the b’nai mitzvah journey. Rabbi Benjamin will begin with a focus on the rite of passage itself, then families will learn about the date selection process. Rabbi Benjamin, David Newman, and Michael Evans will lead this workshop. 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Sunday, Feb. 3

Which Prayers and Why?

Learn about choices in prayer service selections so that your family can be more informed and comfortable. 3:00-4:30 pm, Saturday, April 27

Please check our online calendar to confirm the above dates and times.

Resources

B'nai Mitzvah Schedule 2018-20

May 5, 2018 - Max Nudelman-Nellen

May 26, 2018 - Sylvie McCord

June 9, 2018 - Burke Reilly

June 16, 2018 - David Link

June 30, 2018 - Sadie Gavriela Drucker

July 21, 2018 - Mariela Rose Neiberg

August 4, 2018 - Chaim Gerber

August 18, 2018 - Asher Webb

August 25, 2018 - Ravi Jake Eisner

September 1, 2018 - Aviv Ross

September 29, 2018 - Charlie Kirschner

October 6, 2018 - Kai Paasch

October 13, 2018 - Kabir Josse

December 22, 2018 - Etienne Timmons

February 16, 2019 - Ethan Berkson-Klaus

March 23, 2019 - Isaac Benjamin Cissna

March 30, 2019 - Isaac Levi Bechtel

April 13, 2019 - Amaya Korin

May 4, 2019 - Eliza Kerstetter

May 11, 2019 - Maxwell Jablonski

May 25, 2019 - Daphne Shreve

May 25, 2019 - Sarah Shreve

June 1, 2019 - Spencer Litwin

June 15, 2019 - Solomon Barnett

June 22, 2019 - Arava Barnett

June 29, 2019 - Nathan Merrill

July 6, 2019 - Maddie Teitelman

July 20, 2019 - Milo Schwartz

July 27, 2019 - Enzo Renato Gutierrez

August 17 2019 - Frances Springgate

October 19, 2019 - Sam Waxman

October 26, 2019 - Bennet Miller

December 7, 2019 - Levi Mandelsberg

January 18, 2020 - Sarah Shine

January 25, 2020 - Cora Paasch

April 4, 2020 - Saul Drucker

April 25, 2020 - Abrianna Decker

May 2, 2020 - Gautam Josse

May 23, 2020 - Orion Segal

June 20, 2020 - Sophie Reilly

June 27, 2020 - Henry Anderson-Stern

July 11, 2020 - Max Symmes

July 25, 2020 - Lucas Bader

August 1, 2020 - Max Smith

August 22, 2020 - Evelyn Goldberg

August 29, 2020 - Quinley Wise

Thu, September 20 2018 11 Tishrei 5779