Bar/Bar Mitzvah Guide:
ONE - Setting A Date
Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations are scheduled approximately two years in advance. The closest Shabbat after the child's Hebrew birthday is the most appropriate day for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration. However, consideration of many circumstances has been given before each date was assigned.
In some circumstances Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies may be held on other occasions than when the Torah is read. Temple Israel encourages Shabbat morning as a time of true community engagement with your family's simcha. By joining together, we truly mark Bar/Bat Mitzvah as more than a private milestone: it becomes a moment in which our children assume their place within the community of the Jewish people. In addition to Shabbat mornings, there are opportunities for services on Shabbat afternoons, Monday and Thursday mornings, Rosh Hodesh mornings, and the mornings of certain minor holidays and Hol Hamoed (the intermediate days of Sukkot and Pesah.)
A letter of date confirmation for your family's simcha has been (or will be) sent to all parents. Requests to change this date should be directed to our executive director. He will make every effort to be sensitive to the situation.