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Beit Mitzvah Program


Beit Mitzvah at Temple Beth El are meaningful and fulfilling celebrations, celebrated on a Shabbat after a student's thirteenth birthday. Our students accomplish a tremendous amount and as a result experience a level of growth and pride that many describe as one of the best experiences of their lives. Our clergy will assign a Beit Mitzvah date for each child at the beginning of the sixth grade year. The date chosen is the one that works best for your child in relation to their birthday, the birthdays that come before it and the Temple calendar. If your assigned date does not meet the needs of your family, you can request one of the remaining available dates. 

Beit Mitzvah planning guide has been prepared for prospective Beit Mitzvah families. Please read it carefully. 

Requirements and Expectation:
A vital and wonderful feature of our Beit Mitzvah Program is community. The fact that students bond with approximately 20 other students doing the same thing enhances the experience tremendously. Parents and families of the Beit Mitzvah also bond during the process and become a supportive community. Please mark your calendars for the following gatherings. Your participation is very beneficial and important and thus is required as part of our program.

A parent/student orientation to review the many details that relate to this celebration will take place in March of their 6th grade year.

The class and their families join for a wonderful family retreat on a weekend before the beginning of 7th grade, usually in August. This enables the families to learn together and to address all questions and logistics.

During the summer between 6th and 7th grade, students attend a Prayers and Blessings class on Wednesday evenings with Rabbi Shifra (see resources below).

Please note that we require a minimum enrollment in Temple School of two years prior to Beit Mitzvah and that Beit Mitzvah must attend the full year of our wonderful 7th grade program. Seventh grade students meet concurrently with Hebrew High. Please read about our unique 7th grade curriculum.

Beit Mitzvah Resources


Prayers and Blessings Packet

Prayers and Blessings Class Instructions 2024

View Rabbi Shifra's Hebrew Hints video here

Click here to listen to Cantor Alisa's Torah trope

Click here to view the Torah trope diagram

                                                    Click here to view the Beit Mitzvah Planning Guide

                                                    Click here to get started on writing your D'var Torah

                                                    Click here to view the Beit Mitzvah Welcome Message for Guests


Sun, April 21 2024 13 Nisan 5784