Becoming a B’nai Mitzvah
Celebrating the transition between child and adult is a long-standing Jewish tradition. We recognize and foster this special time through our program built uniquely for B’nai Mitzvah-aged students and their families. At Temple Micah, there are three main educational components to our B’nai Mitzvah program:
- Meetings with Mo – As a group, the B’nai Mitzvah families (parents and Bar/Bat Mitzvah students) will meet with Rabbi Mo to discuss what’s to come as they prepare to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Approximately four months prior to the Bar or Bat Mitzvah, your student will meet privately with Rabbi Mo for additional one-on-one guidance and tutelage.
- Group Learning – Your student must be actively enrolled in either the Religious School OR the Mishpacha! program, demonstrating your commitment to Temple Micah and the community.
- Hebrew – Develop the language skills you need to read the ancient text, chant the prayers, and lead services. Our 6th grade class focuses on learning letters and vowels to be able to read Hebrew; while 7th grade advances to learning the prayers involved in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah service. In addition, every 7th grader works with a private tutor to master their specific Torah portion and practice the prayers.
The B’nai Mitzvah families also present Temple Micah with a class gift. In years past this has been new prayer books, a yad, something for the sanctuary, etc. Therefore, every family should be prepared to contribute to the class gift fund.