Mazal Tov! You are about to begin one of the most exciting stages in your family’s Jewish life, your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
In order to help you, the Israel Center of Conservative Judaism has compiled this handbook to answer many of the questions you may have regarding certain policies and procedures. A timeline of events has been included at the end of the handbook to assist you in understanding the requirements and activities involved in Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Bar/ Bat Mitzvah committee at the synagogue or our rabbi.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah is an initiation into the adult community. It is a confirmation of a young person’s identity as a member of the Jewish community. The preparation and planning for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a family affair and a joyous occasion. We strive to involve the parents and other important family members as much as possible in this important event in the child’s life. Children view the process leading up to Bar/Bat Mitzvah in whatever way the family sees it. It is a joyful and auspicious occasion, filled with a sense of change in the child’s role within the family as well as the religion. This can be a time for the family to reaffirm its own identity as a Jewish family. The ICCJ family rejoices in the opportunity to share this simcha (happy occasion) with you. We hope you will truly enjoy this wonderful time in your child’s life.