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Becoming a B'nai Mitzvah

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A bar, bat, or b’nai mitzvah* is not a day, it is a person; it is your child who is becoming.

Becoming b’nai mitzvah is an important rite of passage in Jewish tradition. Our clergy, teachers, and staff feel blessed to be guiding your family through this exciting life milestone. Each Shabbat, when a young person holds the Torah for the first time and reads from its ancient words, our tradition is strengthened because we know it is in such good hands.

The process towards becoming b’nai mitzvah gives your child the opportunity to learn Torah and prayers; to interpret the text and make it their own; and to explore what it means to be a responsible, productive and caring person in our world. As your child works toward becoming a b’nai mitzvah, we invite your family to connect with the rhythms, values, and practices of Jewish life. The b’nai mitzvah process can be a powerful container for self-discovery.

What to Expect:

If you are currently a member Rodef Sholom and have a child who is approaching b’nai mitzvah age, you will be sent a letter in Spring of your child’s 4th grade year asking you to choose four potential b’nai mitzvah dates. You will be notified of your child’s b’nai mitzvah date in June and there will be an orientation for parents the spring of their 5th grade year.


For an older child, or for any other questions about the b’nai mitzvah process at Rodef Sholom, please contact our B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator, Heidi Paul at

*At Rodef Sholom, the term b’nai mitzvah is used interchangeably both as the gender inclusive term for bat/bar mitzvah or when referring to more than one child becoming bar, bat or b’nai mitzvah.

It is a wonder to welcome you to Jewish adulthood!

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