The essence of the b'nai mitzvah experience is sacred responsibility. As children begin this passage into Jewish adulthood, they officially accept responsibility for the mitzvot, or Jewish commandments. At JRC we are responsible for making sure that our newest adult members are welcomed with a sense of joy and seriousness, of deep meaning and holiness.
It is our goal to ensure that the b'nai mitzvah process is a meaningful one and that the entire family is nourished by this sacred journey. In our Reconstructionist community, we feel strongly that each family participates actively in a ritual experience that is personally meaningful and grounded in our ancient tradition.
We know that there are many details for families to consider, and hope that the preparation would be regarded as an integral part of this sacred rite of passage. A bar or bat mitzvah is nothing without a Jewish communal context.