The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah is the rite of passage from child to adult in the Jewish community. This rite of passage signifies coming of age and responsibilities gained by the Jewish individual. At MSJE, the Bar/Bat Mitzvah student is called upon to conduct the service as well as read from their individually assigned Torah portion. MSJE provides a list of officiators. However, the officiator does not take control of the service. The officiator is only there to assist the student if needed.

Within preparing for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, the student must have prior Hebrew knowledge. MSJE will provide students and families with a list of tutors to prepare the student to read their Torah and Haftorah portions. The service will be conducted at a site of your choice. Bar/Bat Mitzvahs are traditionally held on Saturday morning or afternoon. At a meeting during the school year, the date of your childs Bar/Bat Mitzvah will be selected.
Timeline:

  • 12-18 months: Bar/Bat Mitzvah dates assigned. Simultaneously, make arrangements for celebration, including caterer, music, photography and videography.
  • 9-12 months: Have students evaluated. Set up tutor and facilitator.
  • 6-9 months: Meet with coordinator, prepare initial guest list, order invitations, student begins tutoring.
  • 4-6 months: Order yarmulkes, centerpieces, flowers, balloons, tallit, etc.
  • 6-8 weeks: Send out invitations, meet with facilitator to organize service: aliyot, honors, etc.
  • 2-4 weeks: Finalize count of guests, meet with coordinator with student and family.
  • Day of service and celebration: RELAX AND HAVE A GREAT TIME!