At Temple Israel, the milestone of becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah is viewed as part of the continuum of Jewish life–not an endpoint in one's education. We highlight our students' growth from childhood towards maturity, yet emphasize their role in our greater Temple community. The path to becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah begins with Religious School. Temple Israel requires our Bar/Bat Mitzvah candidates to participate in religious school training for a minimum of three years. This is then coupled with performance of Mitzvot and a course of study in Torah and specific chanting skills, which are taught by our clergy staff. This training culminates in a communal celebration that is held during Shabbat worship.
Following Bar/Bat mitzvah, our students continue their religious education through Confirmation in the 10th grade and Graduation in the 12th. We are proud of our students and their interest in pursuing Jewish education with us through the end of High School.
Parents are encouraged to study alongside their children, not only for their children's sake, but also for their own. This demonstration of interest in what our children learn provides much-needed support to each student, while giving each parent a greater appreciation of the meaning of this milestone.
If you have questions about the program, please email Rabbi Nichols.