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Bar & Bat Mitzvah

Bar/bat mitzvah means son/daughter of the covenant. It usually occurs on or after the 13th birthday of a young person. At Havurah, we aim to help the bar/t mitzvah student feel that s/he is a true part of a community. One way of helping this to happen is the B’nai Mitzvah Committee requires a family to be a member of Havurah Shalom for three full consecutive years prior to their child’s bar/t mitzvah.

Some may wonder about such a requirement, especially if it causes a delay in the bar/t mitzvah until the youth may be in her/his mid-teens. However, we believe it takes a foundation of time in order to build strong community ties and create significant relationships. If you’ve ever been to a bar/t mitzvah at Havurah Shalom, you can witness the difference. The bar/t mitzvah is a significant event in the life of a young person. Religiously, they are a new young adult, and are responsible for their moral actions. They also take their place of responsibility in the Jewish community by participating in Shabbat Services. Havurah’s recognition of the significance of this event solidify’s our commitment to avoid “drive-thru” bar/t mitzvahs. We hope you will visit us and see the difference for yourself!


B’nai Mitzvah Workshops

Getting Down to Tachlis (the Nitty Gritty), B’nai Mitzvah Logistics

The logistics of B’nai Mitzvah planning and set up at Havurah will be addressed by Havurah’s Office & Facilities Manager, Rachel Pollak. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 7:00 pm

Whose B’nai Mitzvah Is It Anyway?

How do parents with ranging degrees of familiarity with and/or attachment to Jewish tradition navigate planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah? How do they create a meaningful experience for their teen? This will be led by Laura Orgel and the B’nai Mitzvah Committee. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 7:00 pm

Writing Your Drash

Writing a drash is one of the most important parts of B’nai Mitzvah preparation. During this workshop, students with dates set for their B’nai Mitzvah will study a passage of Torah, discover commentary, pose an interesting question, and relate it to contemporary context. This workshop will be led by Rabbi Benjamin Barnett and Deborah Eisenbach-Budner. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7:00 pm

Date Selection Workshop

Determine the best date for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah at this workshop on Sunday, Jan. 28, 10:00 – 11:30 am.

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

B'nai Mitzvah Schedule 2017-18

October 28, 2017 - Ari Mesulam

December 16, 2017 - Moriah Cordova

January 13, 2018 - Alex Joffe

February 17, 2018 - Olivia Silverman

March 3, 2018 - Yael Raider

March 17, 2018 - Serena Goldstone

March 24, 2018 - Elijah and Levi Edelman

April 14, 2018 - Jonas Frost-Hausman

April 28, 2018 - Samuel Plager

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

October 13, 2018 - Kabir Josse


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