Family and guests are expected to attend the Friday night service prior to the b’nai mitzvah ceremony. Please plan to arrive about ten minutes before the service begins and take seats toward the front of the sanctuary. The b’nai mitzvah and their parents will participate in the lighting of the Shabbat candles. The Cantor will review the candle lighting at the rehearsal.
Families come up to the bimah
Families begin with an English reading
Light the candles with the already-lit taper
The Cantor will sing the blessing over the Shabbat candles
We welcome the full participation of people from other faiths. There are a number of ways in which family members of other faiths can participate in the service, and we welcome them to do so. The clergy will work with your family to find meaningful ways to include all of your family in this special day.
Sisterhood’s Judaica Shop, located in the Gallery area of Temple Emanu-El, has an assortment of religious items available for sale for your child’s b’nai mitzvah. The Judaica Shop has everything you need to make your simcha special. These items include traditional and contemporary tallitot (many in stock and special orders can be made), yads, jewelry and special order kipot. All merchandise in the Judaica Shop is discounted – and all proceeds from the shop go right back to the Temple. The Judaica Shop is generally open Sundays during Religious School, after Bible Class on Tuesday morning, or by appointment. Please email Susan Schuman at firstname.lastname@example.org you are interested in learning more or would like to schedule an appointment.
The clergy assignments are based on clergy schedules and the number of b’nai mitzvah taking place on a given day. All of our clergy work with the students as they prepare to become b’nai mitzvah and they schedule meetings with the family in order to get to know them prior to the service.
Yes! Absolutely! Your child will have their very own custom page where your loved ones can watch the service from where ever they are located. After the service, you will receive a recording of the service and chat that you can download. For more information, please check out our technology page.
B’nai mitzvah is scheduled on Saturday mornings in either the main sanctuary or Brody Chapel. They are also scheduled on Monday’s during long weekends and on Sunday’s when Rosh Chodesh (the new Jewish month) occurs.
Your b’nai mitzvah fee will appear when your child is in 6th grade. Your b’nai mitzvah fee contributes towards the cost of b’nai mitzvah preparations such as: staffing, flowers for the bimah, the Friday night oneg and more. For details regarding your fee, please check your Temple bill.
Pods are part of our Youth Learning and Education (Religious School) learning. In 6th grade pods are optional but are a good reinforcement of all b’nai mitzvah prayers. We encourage all of our students in 6th and 7th grade to enroll in Pods.
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A general timeline of what you and your family need to accomplish for the b’nai mitzvah.