At Temple Sholom, we seek to build a love and appreciation for the Jewish religion among our B’Nei Mitzvah students, and encourage a deeper participation in the Jewish community – both within and outside the congregation. We seek to instill acceptance of responsibility for mitzvot and a commitment to life-long Jewish learning.
To become a B’Nei Mitzvah, students must complete 13 hours of g’milut chasadim (deeds of loving-kindness), participate in a minimum number of Shabbat and holiday services, and complete a mitzvah project. In addition to learning how to read from the Torah, each child will learn how to lead Temple Sholom’s Shabbat services and will participate at least one annual grade-level Shabbat service for the entire congregation. The Rabbi and Cantor are available to assist students and parents in all stages of preparation of the service, including weekly private tutoring with the Cantor.
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Parents of a child with special needs should meet with the Rabbi, Cantor, and Religious School Educator to discuss special arrangements to tailor the preparation and service to their child’s ability. See our Al Pi Darko page for more info.
B'Nei Mitzvah Revolution!
Temple Sholom, along with 13 other congregations around the country, has been chosen to help pilot B’nei Mitzvah Revolution — the Union for Reform Judaism’s Campaign for Youth Engagement.
Our goal is to engage families, to encourage deeper involvement, and/or to make the ceremony and the process more meaningful to the families involved. The ritual with which they mark becoming a bar or bat mitzvah should be as enjoyable and as meaningful as the party that follows. If we can get close to that goal, then we will be doing more than our part to pass on a more meaningful Jewish experience to the next generation.
If you’re interested in joining the Revolution, please contact the Rabbi. We look forward to learning, dreaming and creating with you!