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Bar and Bat Mitzvah

Bar / Bat Mitzvah translates as “son / daughter of the commandment” and signifies a child’s coming of age in Jewish tradition. This important lifecycle event marks the beginning of adulthood, with children assuming responsibility for their own behaviour and the acceptance of the Mitzvot (or commandments) of the Torah and Jewish law. The celebration of this momentous occasion, which takes place for boys at the age of 13 and girls at 12, requires study and preparation, and includes being called to the Torah for an Aliyah, chanting from the Torah scroll, and chanting the Haftarah, taken from the Nevi’im (or Prophets). A Bar / Bat Mitzvah ceremony typically takes place on Shabbat morning during the community prayer service. Putting on Tefillin for the first time at the Monday or Thursday morning service prior to the Shabbat can also be arranged for students who are interested.

If you are planning to celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah here at Shaarey Zedek, contact us early to reserve your date and plan your study path with one of our Rabbis or lay clergy. It takes at least a year of preparation to be ready to assume this important responsibility.

The shul is equipped with superb catering services to make your celebration meaningful and festive.

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Stacey Bazak
Ritual Secretary 

Thu, 30 March 2023 8 Nisan 5783