Becoming a bar or bat mitzvah is a very special occasion for the child and family. Kehilat Nitzan is pleased to be able to provide a rich and meaningful way to celebrate this occasion. Our program is informal and enriching. Sessions focus on the service and prayers; the weekly parasha; current events affecting the local Jewish community; Israel; the holy days; Jewish values, rituals, and more. The program is led by Zvi Civins, an experienced Jewish educator, with the participation and guidance of Rabbi Sadoff.
For full information about the program, see Kehilat Nitzan B’nei Mitzvah Program (Word document). Some highlights:
Kehilat Nitzan has a weekly program for its students that b’nei mitzvah must attend for at least one year prior to the intended date of the bar/bat mitzvah. The program has a ‘rolling intake’, and students may start at any time as long as it is at least a year prior to the date of the bar/bat mitzvah. The sessions are on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The family (including both parents) of the bar/bat mitzvah child must be financial members of Kehilat Nitzan for at least full year prior to the date the simcha falls. Any financial difficulties may be discussed with our treasurer or executive administrator in strict confidence.
The bar/bat mitzvah child must be Jewish according to halachic (Jewish law) guidelines, meaning his/her mother must be Jewish by birth or by conversion (before having the child). Otherwise, the child must have converted.
In accordance with halachah, the bar/bat mitzvah ceremony must take place after a boy’s 13th birthday and after a girl’s 12th birthday. At the family’s discretion, girls have the option of having their bat mitzvah after their 13th birthday.
Please contact the office to determine the intended date and the name of the parasha (weekly Torah portion). Please note that while we will make every effort to schedule a date as close to the birthday as possible, due to Jewish festivals or other events the date may not be immediately after the child’s 13th or 12th birthday.