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B'NAI MITZVAH

Congregation B’nai Israel joyfully welcomes young people to the bimah as they become B’nai Mitzvah.  As a community, we recognize and support this significant time in the spiritual growth of your family.  We offer guidance and support for all aspects of this Jewish rite of passage, with many opportunities for discussion and learning on a range of topics, from broad spiritual issues to more basic questions.

Do not hesitate to contact someone from the team who will support you through the process: 

Rabbi Justin David, Rabbi, rabbi@cbinorthampton.org
Amy Stein, B'nai Mitzvah Coordinator, amy@cbinorthampton.org
Emily Kieval, Executive Director, director@cbinorthampton.org
Rabbi Ariella Rosen, Director of Youth and Family Education and Engagement

We look forward to working with you and your family to create this life cycle experience!

Date Selection

Date Selection: to request a date for your child's B'nai Mitzvah, click here

B'nai Mitzvah Guide

Welcome letter from Rabbi David

Expectations for the B’nai Mitzvah process:
        - Meetings with the Rabbi
        - Shabbat service attendance
        - Cohort meeting attendance

B’nai Mitzvah timeline
        - Scheduling your B’nai Mitzvah date
        - Ritual paths for B’nai Mitzvah

Overview of the service

Tutoring

Mitzvah project

Program booklet
        - Template cover
        - Template book

Honors and roles
        - List of honors
        - Parents’ blessing
        - Interfaith guidelines
        - Non-binary language

Other items to consider
        - Kippot
        - Invitations
        - Flowers
        - Candy throwing
        - Cell phones

Aliyah: A crash course for family and friends

Guide to Kiddush

Thu, May 26 2022 25 Iyyar 5782