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Bar and Bat Mitzvah @ VBS

Mazal Tov!

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah is one of the most important lifecycle events in the life of the Jewish family, celebrating the moment form which a Jew is afforded the greater responsibilities and privileges of adulthood. A child's Bat/Bat Mitzvah has power and meaning for the whole family, as it heralds the passing of Jewish tradition onto another generation. 

B'nai Mitzvah Program for Prospective Students

Valley Beth Shalom offers a robust B'nai Mitzvah Program for children and their families.

Let us guide you on your journey to becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Our dedicated B'nai Mitzvah team will provide the teaching, tutoring and preparation for your big day. Our B'nai Mitzvah Quick Start Guide contains a detailed timeline of events and expectations to ensure your family's success on your momentous occasion.

Please contact our B'nai Mitzvah Coordinator

Lisa Leib
(818) 530-4018

Introduction to Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Mazal Tov!

Change is happening…you can see it. The child, who was a toddler just yesterday, is rapidly becoming a young adult. New school, new friends, new interests, new clothes… the change is apparent and will only accelerate in the years to come. We celebrate a Bar Mitzvah or a Bat Mitzvah at 13, because it is the last time you can still see the baby they were, and the first time you can see the adult they are about to become. So we stop time, and hold this sacred moment. We give thanks for the wonder of parenthood and the miracle of a child’s growth. We offer prayers for their future, and share with them a few words of wisdom, encouragement, and guidance. We sing of our joy as a family and community witnessing our children’s unfolding character.

Mazal Tov, congratulations, on your child’s upcoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah!

The community of Valley Beth Shalom is delighted to share this moment with you. We hope this moment in your family’s life is joyful, memorable, and inspiring. Moments like this one can be stressful, particularly when there are so many moving parts and so many details. This booklet is intended to answer your questions about the ritual part of your celebration. Beyond this, know that we are here to help you make this a wonderful moment for your child, your family and all who celebrate with you. You have our blessings.

– Rabbi Ed Feinstein


B'nai Mitzvah Resources

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Mon, August 15 2022 18 Av 5782