One of the most joyous and meaningful moments in the life of a Jewish family is the celebration of a child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Temple Beth Am B’nai Mitzvah students lead the entire congregation in the Shabbat morning prayers, chant from the Torah scroll, chant from Haftara (the Book of Prophets), and deliver a personal D'var Torah on the relevance of an aspect of the weekly Torah portion.
The very best way to learn about Bar or Bat Mitzvah at TBA, and to decide whether this is the best community in which to celebrate your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah, is to attend Shabbat morning services at Temple Beth Am when one or two students are called to Torah as Bar/Bat Mitzvah. For all B’nai Mitzvah information or to make an appointment to meet with the rabbis, contact Sara Bernson by email or at 206-525-0915.
B’nai Mitzvah are celebrated by our wider community in a service that is open to all members of the congregation, guests, Jews and non-Jews, and anyone who walks through the doors. Temple Beth Am B’nai Mitzvah students attend Religious School, meet regularly with one of the rabbis, meet weekly for 6 - 9 months preceding the Bar or Bat Mitzvah with a tutor, and understand that Religious School attendance post-B'nai Mitzvah through 10th or 12th grade is the norm at TBA. Every B'nai Mitzvah family hosts a Kiddush lunch at Temple for the entire community immediately following services.
To better understand the requirements for becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Temple Beth Am, review our B'nai Mitzvah Requirements List in the B'nai Mitzvah Handbook, which also includes a timeline for each B’nai Mitzvah task and planning information for invitations, services, and luncheon.
B'nai Mitzvah Resources