Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
Mazel tov on your child becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a significant milestone that takes place when a child reaches the age of 13 and one day. It is a powerful experience that marks not only the child's obligation and responsibility to observe the commandments, but also the welcoming of the young adult into our congregational family.
This time-honored tradition and rite of passage is a major transformational event in the life of an entire family as well. In preparing for becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, the increased focus on Torah and Jewish identity and the event itself offers families a wonderful opportunity to better understand and strengthen not only their connection with their Jewish heritage but also with the congregation.
Steps to Planning a Bar/Bat Mitzvah
- Dates are scheduled two years in advance.
- Children must have successfully completed religious school through 7th grade.
- Family must have a current membership in Beth Sholom Congregation.
- Families will attend both Friday evening services and Shabbat morning services for the two years prior to becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
For more information on your child becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, please email our executive director, Marcia Newfeld, or call her at 301-663-3437 to make an appointment.