B’nai Mitzvah

B’nai Mitzvah at Anshe Emet are a highly personalized experience.

Our Ritual Director works with each family to make sure this simcha is celebrated in a way that allows each student to reach their potential. Please contact Naomi Weiss-Weil at nweiss@ansheemet.org with your questions. For more information on the bar/bat mitzvah process at Anshe Emet, please take a look at our Bar/Bat Mitzvah Handbook

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Click here for what to expect in the next few years. Please note that B’nai Mitzvah dates are only assigned to synagogue members in good standing. In addition, all students must be enrolled in either an approved religious school or day school program. Enrollment in Jewish religious schools or day schools other than those at Anshe Emet must be approved by Rabbi Siegel.

Journey to Mitzvot (J2M)

Journey to Mitzvot (J2M) began in memory of Felicia Levy as a tribute to her love and concern for Jewish family education. The purpose of J2M is to assist our B’nai Mitzvah students and families in becoming full participants in adult Jewish life.


      • To create a sense of community between and among the Bar/Bat Mitzvah families and to facilitate relationship building between students and parents from Anshe Emet Synagogue’s various communities.
      • To study the nature and structure of prayer and ritual, and to provide a comfort level through practical instruction and experience.
      • To emphasize our Jewish commitment to improving the world (Tikkun Olam) through social action/social justice work.
      • To develop a sense of pride and connection to Judaism that will last for many years to come.
      • To encourage serious Torah study by helping students to grapple with commentaries that enrich our sacred texts and the Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience.

J2M is anchored by the three pillars of Judaism that rest upon full participation in adult Jewish Life: God, Torah and Israel. 6th grade students and parents will consider the role of God and Torah in Jewish life. The program will explore personal responsibility and individual connection to God, ritual responsibility, Jewish learning and involvement in synagogue life. Why am I a Jew? What does it mean to me to be Jewish? How am I a Jew? How do Jews act? How do Jews pray? How do we relate to God?

For more information on J2M, please contact Tamar Brooks at tbrooks@ansheemet.org / 773-868-5125.

Gesher Program | Adult B’nai Mitzvah

If parents or caretakers have not celebrated their own B’nai Mitzvah, please consider our Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, Gesher. The program was designed to help those people, whether Jews by Choice or Jews by Birth, have the experience of becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah at any age. Click here to learn more about Gesher.

For Guests

Are you attending a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah at Anshe Emet?

Becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is not a “graduation” or end of study, but a rite of passage to greater privilege and responsibility. When a young person becomes a Bar/Bat Mitzvah (Son/Daughter of the Commandments), s/he reaches an important milestone in his/her spiritual growth. It signifies that the child has reached maturity in the eyes of the Jewish community and has accepted the religious obligations of Judaism. A Jewish girl becomes an adult at age twelve, and a Jewish boy at age thirteen. S/he does not need a ceremony to be considered a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, however, in celebration of the occasion, the Bar/Bat Mitzvah exercises his/her religious adulthood for the first time with a significant honor receiving an aliyah (literally being called up to the Torah), and chanting Haftarah (a selection from the prophets). The Bar/Bat Mitzvah may also participate in other ways such as introducing the Torah and Haftarah readings and conducting parts of the service. The young person will generally speak about the significance of fulfilling the commandments, now as an adult, in a short speech delivered during the service.