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B’nai Mitzvah

B. Mitzvah—A Passage to Jewish Adulthood 

We celebrate our youth coming of age as young Jews at 13 or later when that’s best for them.

Prospective bar and bat mitzvah students must be enrolled in our Religious School for at least grades 4–7 or an equivalent program approved by our clergy. Hebrew studies begin in the third grade. By grade 6 students have learned the parts of the service and begin to study prayer melodies.

Our clergy team helps students learn trope (chanting melodies) and blessings. 

Family B. Mitzvah Class

To help the whole family prepare for a meaningful simcha, all sixth graders and their parents take part in the Family B. Mitzvah class taught by our clergy. Students and parents study Torah, learn about bar and bat mitzvah traditions and liturgy, and discuss what makes this is a meaningful event in their lives.

B. Mitzvah Family Shabbaton

Sixth graders and their families spend a full Shabbat together with our rabbis and educator at a beautiful retreat center outside of the city, from Friday dinner through Havdallah on Saturday evening,

To schedule a b. mitzvah, parents should speak with Rabbi Phelps when their child enters 5th grade. For more information, contact Rabbi Educator Abby Phelps at 415.346.1720, x28, or email Rabbi Abby


Upcoming B. mitzvah ceremonies

In-person attendance by invitation only. Streams on YouTube for the congregation.

Saturdays, 10:30 am
April 9: Mo Kletter
April 30: Ava & Amelia White


Sat, May 21 2022 20 Iyar 5782