B'nai Mitzvah Resources

Photo by Daniela Cardili PhotographyWe know that preparing for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is quite an effort, for parents as well as for students. We hope you'll find the information and resource links on this page helpful as you make your plans. And please don't hesitate to call the office with your questions or email us at [email protected].

To start things off, here's a message from Rabbi Weiss and Cantor Friedland.

Get a short history and explanation of the B'nai Mitzvah.

Learn how our Religious School curriculum prepares students and also about the tutoring process.

Prepare your family's timeline.

Learn more about family participation during the service and how to assign honors.

Download our recommended reading list.

Get the Pre-B'nai Mitzvah Service Requirement Form.

Listen to Cantor Friedland chant the blessings and tropes.

Plan your budget with our B'nai Mitzvah Fee Schedule.

Every family is responsible for providing a kiddush after the B'nai Mitzvah service. Here's a handy list of what's needed for the kiddush, even if you're not having a party at JRC.

Families are also expected to arrange for ushers to greet guests before the service and help put away prayer books afterward. Here are some simple instructions for your ushers.

Not everyone knows the Torah and haftarah blessings by heart. Here they are in Hebrew and English.

This basic outline of the B'nai Mitzvah service will help you get acquainted with the rhythm of the day.

Read JRC's policies about Shabbat deliveries, photography and videography, and get a few tips service and arrival times.

Your community's got your back - our B'nai Mitzvah Havurah's Yahoo group is a great way to connect with other parents and support one another through the years. To join, send an email request to [email protected].

Here are some guidelines on how to make your simcha environmentally sustainable.

We hope you'll submit a bio and photo of your child for our Monthly E-Newsletter. 

Take a look at a working list of current Tikkun Olam projects being done by our students. 

Want to rent JRC for your simcha? We love parties here! Contact the JRC office for rental information, including fees, room capacities and vendor referrals.


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