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Bar and Bat Mitzvah

At Shir Hadash, becoming a bar or bat mitzvah is the opportunity for our students to demonstrate their ability to take on the responsibility of community leadership. At Shir Hadash, each bar or bat mitzvah ceremony is unique and personalized according to the skills, interests, learning styles, talents, and abilities of the individual student.

Bar/bat mitzvah services are open to the Shir Hadash community and can be held at our synagogue or at a location selected by the family, with the approval of the Rabbi. Young persons come before the congregation after several years of Jewish study and special preparation to take their places as new leaders of the Jewish community. This preparation includes learning a Torah and Haftorah portion, attending a requisite number of other b’nai mitzvah services, and completing a special mitzvah project.

Rabbi Eitan Weiner-Kaplow schedules all bar or bat mitzvah services at Shir Hadash. Families must be members to have a bar/bat mitzvah at the synagogue. Bar/bat mitzvah ceremonies are also possible for adults and older teenagers.


Shir Hadash is pleased to provide a complimentary recording of each bar or bat mitzvah service to the family.

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"Rabbi Eitan conducted a beautiful and informative B'nai Mitzvah for our grandchildren. He took the time to explain everything the boys were doing. Both our Jewish friends and non-Jewish friends said they learned so very much and were very, very impressed. The service was interactive, serious, fun, informative and just beautiful. We, as grandparents couldn't have asked for a more meaningful and wonderful Simcha and for such great pre-mitzvah help."

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