Be, Bar, Bat or B’Nai Mitzvah

Dear Parents and Students,

Mazel Tov!  Soon your child will become a Be Mitzvah (we use this non-gendered term for the event in general, and for the person, the use of the term Be, Bar, Bat or B’Nai Mitzvah for your event will be decided by your family). 

This is an exciting time for your family!  There is so much to think about, and so much to do.  We created this handbook to guide you through the process at Temple Ohev Sholom. We hope that it makes your planning a little easier and a lot more meaningful. Our goal is to make this a wonderful experience for the entire family. Please feel free to contact either of us at any time with questions or concerns. 

As your rabbi and principal, it is our job to make sure that your child is properly trained to lead the congregation in prayer and, more so, is ready to take on the responsibilities of growing a meaningful and relevant adult Jewish life.

The Be Mitzvah Booklet (a work in progress) will guide you on this journey, and contains a growing body of information, frequently asked questions and more importantly, answers. Have a question that isn’t answered? We would love to hear from you! We’ll figure out the answer for you, and add it to the booklet for all the families to come next. This information may be initially overwhelming but we are here to assist at every step.


Rabbi Marc Kline and  Sally Jo Bronner, Principal

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