We offer a lifelong connection to our congregational community and to the Jewish community at large through recognition, celebration, and observance of lifecycle events including engagements, weddings, welcoming children into the covenant, b'nai mitzvah, funerals, and more. Our clergy works closely with members to ensure that the celebrations, commemorations, and services of mourning are designed within the context of the Reform Jewish tradition and meet the individual needs of families.
Bar and bat mitzvah are celebrated at Adas Emuno during Shabbat morning worship. Sons and daughters of the commandments are called to lead the community in prayer, read from the Torah , and teach the congregation through a d’var torah .
Scheduling of dates for Bar/Bat Mitzvah services is done in conjunction with the clergy and ritual committee. Bar/Bat Mitvah dates are typically determined 12 to 18 months before a child’s 13th birthday and take into account the following factors: the date of the child’s birthday, the child’s Religious School progress and Hebrew reading ability, the demands of the Temple calendar, and the preference of the family.
Each Bar or Bat Mitzvah child begins meeting with the clergy for private instruction in his/her Torah and Haftorah portions approximately six months prior to the scheduled date. The weekly sessions also include review of the structure of the Shabbat service, including leading Friday night and Shabbat morning services, reading from the Torah, and discussions of the meaning of the child’s Torah and Haftorah portions.
In addition, every Bar/Bat Mitzvah student is expected to participate in a Mitzvah project to be agreed upon by the clergy and the student at the beginning of the training program.
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