Beth Shalom is particularly proud of its B’nai Mitzvah, the young people who give honor to the Torah and to our congregation when they reach the age of Mitzvot. The Beth Shalom traditions around B’nai Mitzvah emphasize both the communal and personal aspects of this rite of passage for a young person and his or her family. Each B’nai Mitzvah is taught how to be a part of our regular worship community. Many of our B’nai Mitzvah go on to become Torah readers, service leaders, teachers, and tutors. We emphasize the spiritual and religious dimension of this moment. We give particular emphasis to the Mitzvot of Tzedakah (charity), Talmud Torah (Torah study), Tefilah (prayer), Gemilut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness) and Ba’al Tashchit (prohibition on wastefulness and over-consumption).
There is a minimum Jewish schooling requirement for B’nai Mitzvah candidates. Students must be enrolled in our religious school or in an approved Jewish day school. Students starting their Jewish education after third grade will need to make arrangements for compensatory tutoring with the Education & Youth Director.
For more information on Beth Shalom’s B’nai Mitzvah program, please see our BM Guide 5778.