Bar or Bat Mitzvah takes place on the nearest Shabbat to the child’s 13th birthday. It is an important part of the Jewish passage through adolescence, acting as an entry point to adulthood within Judaism.
In all three synagogues within the Mosaic community, Bar and Bat Mitzvah are treated with equal importance. That is, both boys and girls have the opportunity to read from the Torah, Haftorah, and take as much part in the service as they feel comfortable.
Children are required to attend Mosaic HaMakom cheder classes prior to their Bar or Bat Mitzvah and regularly attend Shabbat evening, Shabbat morning and festival services. For more information about HaMakom, click here.
We also welcome adult Bar or Bat Mitzvah at any age for those who did not have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at the traditional age of 13.
If you wish to discuss Bar or Bat Mitzvah, please contact Rabbi Frank Dabba Smith, Rabbi Kathleen de Magtige-Middleton, or Rabbi Paul Aberman.