The age of B'nai mitzvah roughly coincides with physical puberty. The bar or bat mitzvah ceremony is usually held on the first Shabbat after a boy's thirteenth and a girl's twelfth birthday (or thirteenth in Reform congregations). Every three years, Temple offers an adult B’nai Mitzvah class. Students learn Hebrew reading and chanting skills and explore Jewish thought and prayer during this year-long course. The class meets weekly and they share a B’nai Mitzvah ceremony in May. The class is usually seven to 15 students; some were raised as Jews but never [ ].
Though many of my Adult B’not Mitzvah students became quite involved in synagogue life as adults, they nevertheless felt somewhat like imposters. Many of them were ashamed of their lack of Jewish. Adult B’nai Mitzvah Our Adult B’nai Mitzvah program provides a chance for adults who have never had a Bar/Bat Mitzvah to participate in group study that will culminate in being called to the Torah and leading Shabbat Services.
Adult B’nai Mitzvah Curriculum (Monday evenings at p.m. every other week) Elements: Hebrew (sufficient to read Torah and Haftorah) - Hebrew 1 & 2, or working privately with a tutor. Adult Ed offerings: Monthly attendance at Torah study ; Project Zug or other Lifelong Learning classes (2) Adult B’nai Mitzvah Cohort (25 classes- meets bi. From meeting one-on-one with our rabbis more than 20 times, to deepening a connection to Jewish tradition and prayers of our ancestors, to B’nai Mitzvah projects which encourage us to live our adult Jewish values for the betterment of society in a world in which we live, together we are creating Jewish adults.
Adult B’nai Mitzvah Program The Adult B’nei Mitzvah Program, a two-year program offered on Sunday mornings beginning at am teaches Beginner’s Hebrew through prayer in the first year. The second year focuses on reading and culminates with our Adult B’nei Mitzvah ceremony. Exploring themes of the Torah portions in anticipation of crafting divrei Torah.