B'nai Mitzvah Program.  Coming of age.

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B'nai Mitzvah Program

Continuing the Traditions of Our People, From Generation to Generation

Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a beginning. Jewish law has fixed the age of thirteen (13) for boys and twelve (12) for girls as the beginning of adulthood. On the day of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a child is called to the Torah, joins the community, and legally enters the stage of responsibility at that time. Being a Bar/Bat Mitzvah means reaching the age of Jewish maturity and assuming the privileges, obligations and responsibilities of following the Mitzvot, the commandments of Jewish law.

This period of training and preparation can be a time of growth and enrichment, not only for the student, but for the family as a whole. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah should be treated as a catalyst in your child’s life, the time for grappling with ideas and identities, both Jewish and secular. It is a time that can have deep significance and be of vital importance to your child’s development as an individual and a Jew.

Preparation for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah begins when a child enters religious school. For three (3) years prior and during his/her Bar/Bat Mitzvah year, every Bar/Bat Mitzvah child must be enrolled in the Beth Am Jewish Learning Center or a Jewish day school. Approximately seven (7) months prior to their Bar/Bat Mitzvah date, each student is assigned a one-on-one tutor. Additionally, throughout a student’s 7th Grade year, s/he and their families are expected to attend a monthly Tafrit TNT class.

Please contact Bonnie Cohen at bonnie@betham.com or call (858) 481-8454 if you have questions or need additional information.

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