When a child becomes a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, he/she symbolically leaves childhood and joins synagogue life as an adult. The ceremony itself is the celebration of a beginning, as the child starts to take responsibility for her/his own Jewish identity.
We will work with each family individually to ensure that the ceremony and celebration is a memorable day for all sides of the family Jewish, other faith, or no faith. It is also, importantly, a day for our community and we encourage all classmates and families to attend.
At Mount Zion, we have created a Bnei Mitzvah journey that engages the entire family in the 6th grade year (or the year prior to becoming Bat/Bar Mitzvah). Read one of the below handbooks to learn more.
Our Core Shabbat Service Prayers
(from the B’nei Mitzvah CD)
Now you can listen to some of our core prayers on your iPod or other mp3 device. They are now available to download as an mp3 file, as well as the corresponding Hebrew text pdf file. You can listen to the recordings below. To save them, right click on the title and choose “save as link” to save on your computer. For the Hebrew text pdf files click here.
B’nei Mitzvah Prayer Recordings
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Documents
- Publicity Information – Mount Zion
- Publicity Information – American Jewish World
- Parents d’var Torah guidelines
- Shabbat Candle Lighting & Reading Instructions
- Shabbat Candle readings
- Summer Shabbat Evenings Candle Instructions
- B’nei Mitzvah Honors Form
- Parents Prayer Options
- Torah Blessing
- D’varTorah – Sharing Your Wisdom for Students
- Summary Guidelines 2021