Bar/Bar Mitzvah Guide:
INTRO - Letter from Temple Israel

Dear Friends,

In the near future, your child will be called to the bima at Temple Israel to mark his/her entrance into adult Jewish life. Participating in the service, chanting sacred texts, receiving the good wishes of our Congregation, sharing the moment with family and friends – will make this a memorable day in the life of your family. We are proud to be able to share these memories with you.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah is an important time in the life of a family and a congregation. For a child, this moment represents a significant step on the road to adult responsibilities. For a family, this is a celebration of their child's coming of age in the Jewish community and an acknowledgement of reverence for generations of Jews past and hopes for generations to come. For the community it is an opportunity to bear witness to the power of our tradition and to truly embrace, in joy and faith, a new young adult.

This booklet is offered as an aid to make the experience of your approaching simha more meaningful to you. Since it contains the very latest information, I suggest you read it thoroughly, even if you have had an older child as a previous Bar/Bat Mitzvah, as some of the practices at Temple Israel may have changed. As your child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah day draws closer, you should consult this guide periodically to help you in your planning.

The process of preparing to become Bar/Bat Mitzvah involves the individual child on one level and the entire family on another. In the broadest sense, preparation for this day began years ago with the creation of a Jewish atmosphere in your home, with commitments to a Jewish way of life and Jewish education, and through active affiliation with a synagogue.

The entire Temple Israel family in extending to you and your family the traditional benediction: May you be privileged to rear your child "l'Torah, l'huppah, ul'ma'asim tovim" to the love of learning, to the joys of marriage, and to the satisfactions of a life spent performing good deeds.

With blessing,

Temple Israel's Staff and Board