Setting the Date!

Choosing a date for your student’s B’nai Mitzvah is an important decision that involves many factors. The family’s schedule and preferences, the clergy’s schedule, travel plans for out-of-town guests, and the temple and community calendars all must be taken into account. Some families may also choose a date based on a parent or other family member’s B’nai Mitzvah date or Torah portion. Generally, we do not have B’nai Mitzvah ceremonies in July due to clergy summer schedules, and January, due to Rabbi Benjy’s sabbatical month.

A Temple Beth Shalom staff member will contact each family following the student’s fourth grade year to begin the process of working together to set a date. Children are scheduled based upon their birth dates and generally in birth order. A letter will be mailed to families in early spring, assigning a tentative date. If this date is not acceptable, your family will have the option of requesting other dates, based on availability. A letter confirming your child’s date will be mailed in late spring along with a B’nai Mitzvah Date Confirmation Form.

The date is not confirmed until the signed Date Confirmation Form & payment are returned to the office.

Can you believe your child is old enough to begin the process of becoming a B’nai Mitzvah?!

Becoming a B’nai Mitzvah is a very significant event in the life of a Jewish young person, and an important day for the entire family. It's a day that comes after years of study and intensive preparation. With the anticipated joy come many questions, and even some anxiety, about the experience. To assist with the questions, we have complied a First Aliyah Handbook for the parents and soon-to-be B'nai Mitzvah student to look over.

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