Bar/Bat Mitzvah 2016-12-30T11:01:21+00:00

Bar-Bat Mitzvah

Our ALIYAH program prepares our youth well for reading and leading Hebrew prayers and becoming familiar with the structure of Shabbat services. In order for youth to be eligible for Bnai Mitzvah at Neveh Shalom, they must register for and attend ALIYAH from 1st through 7th grades. PJA students must attend in 6th-7th grades and attend a meeting in 5th grade for Hebrew assessment.

When a child is one year away from bar/bat mitzvah, he or she begins a personalized tutorial program. The professional private tutor works with each child on his/her individual Torah and Haftarah portions as well as any prayers the child has not yet mastered. Included in this tutorial program is a month of tutoring with Cantor Bletstein prior to bar/bat mitzvah. In order to reduce the financial obligations on families during the bar/bat mitzvah year, we have adopted a pay-ahead program in which families pay half the tutorial fee in 5th grade and half in 6th grade, so that the family is free of that financial obligation by the bar/bat mitzvah year.

Every fall we hold a parent meeting for 5th and 6th grade families to provide all of the information you will need as you prepare for your child’s bar/bat mitzvah. At this meeting you hear about the ritual, educational, and logistical sides of the bar/bat mitzvah celebration at Neveh Shalom. We also provide a handbook with additional details, contacts, and information for all families in 5th and 6thgrades. If you are unable to attend this meeting, please make arrangements to pick up the handbook and read it; we are available any time to answer questions.

NEW at Neveh!  A video guide to share with your family and friends. This guide will help all visitors find comfort with the customs of our congregation.  This video tour will answer some basic questions around Jewish ritual, attire, the facilities and service decorum.  Click here to watch our video “A Guide for Visitors to Neveh Shalom.”

We can also create a personalized “Guide for Visitors to Neveh Shalom” video with your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah information for a $36 fee. Video selection – standard or personalized  are selected during your family’s B’nai Mitzvah planning meeting with our clergy assistant.  Please ask for details at your meeting.  For more information, please contact Wendy Kahn:

For information about the ALIYAH program and tuturing – Email Mel Berwin

To set a date for your child’s Bar/Bat Mizvah and service information – Email Cantor Bletstein

Event planning – Email Karen Wilkins

Bnai Mitzvah Documents

Tutoring Binder for students: