Bar and Bat Mitzvah
A Bar/Bat Mitzvah is not just a single important day in the life of a young Jew, but a process involving the whole family for years.
Often the main focus of Jewish life for families of growing children approaching their teenage years, this popular ritual demands much of both the child and the family.
To this end Beit Or v’Shalom has crafted an educational program that reflects the reality of our modern, busy lives while still upholding our beloved traditions.
To get the most out of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience, a young Jew should acquire a certain minimum proficiency in Hebrew and Jewish literacy (Bible, ethics, values, Jewish history and customs), as well as a working familiarity with the flow of the Shabbat morning service. In most cases this will mean two years minimum Cheder and Bar/Bat Mitzvah training, and regular attendance at services and other community events for at least a year prior to celebrating the Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
Once the young Jew has undertaken sufficient training, Bar/Bat Mitzvah can be celebrated at any time once they have reached 13 years of age. The exact date is set with regard to the student’s thirteenth birthday by the Hebrew calendar, and practical considerations such as when interstate overseas relatives can join the celebration. To meet this timetable, in most cases a child should be in Cheder by age 11, and join the Bar/Bat Mitzvah class 12-18 months before turning 13.
Individualised bar/bat mitzvah training is provided, suited to each child’s abilities.
We encourage parents to review our detailed policy which sets what is involved in adequately preparing for a public celebration of becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
Please contact us with any further questions or to arrange a meeting to begin planning your child’s big day.