B’nei Mitzvah Resources
We at Temple Emanuel are pleased to help you usher in this special time in the life of your family. The terms Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah, which mean “son” or “daughter of the commandments,” refer to the obligations of Jewish adulthood.
The Bar or Bat Mitzvah “rite of passage” includes not only the mastery of technical skills needed on Shabbat morning, but also an inner transformation in which an individual becomes a full member of the community.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Study Materials
The recordings and other information on these pages provide an educational resource as you prepare for your bar or bat mitzvah. Listen and learn the prayers of our Shabbat services, how to chant Torah trope, Haftarah trope, and more. If you want to learn how to lead a daily or Shabbat service or familiarize yourself with the prayers and trope, these pages provide a rich resource for you as well.
Here’s what our families have shared about the ZOOM mitzvah experience:
“We all know that it is not the party that makes the Bar Mitzvah. It is the act of dedicating and sacrificing for something like learning Torah when you would rather be watching YouTube. This experience has truly made Jordan mature quickly and embody becoming a man in the Jewish community.”
“The hearts of our family, friends and TE members were made full thanks to the amazing video streaming capability. It was flawless! Well-wishers from all over the world tuned in and many sent pictures of themselves dressed up and watching! We were also incredibly moved by the emails, texts, and calls from Temple members who felt inspired. One congregant felt they were there “with all their heart and soul, from home.”
“We were happy that Vivi was having her Bat Mitzvah on the day it was planned. Life cycle events continue in spite of circumstances. Vivi does not love being the center of attention so the intimacy of the event suited her. Vivi wore sweatpants under her dress and none of us wore shoes. Family and friends Zoomed in and sent pictures of themselves watching! Vivi and her three older siblings have been taught that not everything goes as you expect. Perfection is not the goal. Vivi learned that sometimes we just have to march on!”
A few days before the Bat Mitzvah, Jill emailed the congregation inviting them to join the service and to send a text or a note to Eleanor afterward. Within a few hours, congregants sent cards, texts, and one family dropped off flowers. Jill said, “these small gestures were gifts that moved us.” Eleanor concluded, “we always knew those people were nice, but they took time out of their day to actually watch and write to me! Thank you for making this day so joyful for us!”