Temple Israel offers a comprehensive sequence of educational programs for our youth. A year of preparation precedes the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. It includes intensive group and individual study. A class trains students to lead the Shabbat service. In addition, activities are held for students, along with their parents. These meetings orient families to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah as a Life Cycle event and promote the involvement of the entire family. Six to eight months before their Bar or Bat Mitzvah, students meet individually with Rabbi Cohen to learn their Torah and Haftarah readings.
Requirements for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah include attendance at LJCRS for three year prior to and during the year of Bar/Bat Mitzvah training. Students must also attend Shabbat services with their parents during the year before their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, leading prayer once a month. Through the 13 Mitzvot Program, students are asked to engage in educational and social action activities that they choose. On the day of the ceremony, the child conducts the service. He or she reads a Torah and Haftarah portion and delivers a speech about their reading (D'var Torah). Our congregation takes great pride in celebrating with our youth and making every Bar/Bat Mitzvah special.
Here at Temple Israel, we regard the Bar/Bat Mitzvah as just one benchmark in the lifelong learning of Judaism. Therefore, we ask our Bar/Bat Mitzvah students to commit to continuing their Jewish education.