Mazal Tov! Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is an important milestone in a family’s life. It is also an important part of the celebrations that take place on Shabbat at Adath Jeshurun. We hope that you will have the greatest joy at your simha knowing your family is part of the larger congregational community that we foster here at Adath.
Fun fact: Did you know that Bar and Bat Mitzvah is not a verb? While you may have heard the phrase, “so-and-so was bar-mitzvahed” – Jewish tradition teaches that we “become Bar/Bat Mitzvah.” Why? It is a natural part of life that occurs when Jewish youth reach the age of 13. So, what’s the big deal? Why all the celebration?
Becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah holds real significance in a Jewish child’s development, both physically and religiously. It is a time for children to gain new knowledge, to be part of years of tradition, and to feel connected to Judaism and the Jewish community. Learning to read from the Torah, leading the congregation in prayer and writing and delivering a D’var Torah are true accomplishments. Participating in the service provides a sense of belonging; and being the focus of attention for that one day provides a sense of importance. Studying to become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah offers a growing awareness of Judaism and is an experience that is the stepping stone to building a positive, long-lasting bond with Jewish tradition and community.