Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Temple Beth Israel works with each individual B’nai Mitzvah child and family, tailoring our approach to their specific needs and skills, while working within a framework of congregational expectations. As a community, we are blessed to be small enough to be able to provide individualized attention, finding solutions for each child and family.


In addition to attendance at the Rabin Religious School, our students spend most of a year learning one-on- one with the rabbi in preparation for bar or bat mitzvah. Beyond focusing on the performative aspect of the ritual (e.g., reading from the Torah), we also consider what it means to be part of a Jewish community in 21st Century America, the significance of the Torah portion, and what unique learning each young person has to offer the congregation.