As we embark on this process together, we hope it is enriching and filled with learning and growth. Through this multi-year journey, we are excited to get to know your children, their hobbies and passions, and to study the words of the Torah together. We look forward to the inspirational moment when your son/daughter first stands on the bimah and takes ownership of their Jewish identity.
Naomi Richman, our B’nei Mitzvah and Music Team Coordinator, will ensure that your celebration and experience will allow your child to reach his/her potential. Please contact Naomi with any questions you may have.
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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.