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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.

Rabbi Justin David and our B'nai Mitzvah team are here to support you through the process. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us:

Amy Stein, B'nai Mitzvah Coordinator
Rabbi Ariella Rosen, Director of Youth and Family Education and Engagement 
Aaron Kagan, Teen Engagement Coordinator

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


B'nai Mitzvah Guide

This guide provides important information for the entire B'nai Mitzvah process. Please refer to it as you prepare for the B'nai Mitzvah and reach out to Amy Stein, B'nai Mitzvah Coordinator, with questions.

Welcome letter from Rabbi David

Expectations for the B’nai Mitzvah process:

        - Meetings with Rabbi David
        - Shabbat service attendance
        - Cohort meeting attendance

B’nai Mitzvah timeline

        - Scheduling your B’nai Mitzvah date: Date selection form
        - Ritual paths for B’nai Mitzvah

Overview of the service

Gender Queer Identities and B'nai Mitzvah


Mitzvah project

Program booklet

        - Template cover
        - Template book

Honors and roles

        - Parents’ blessing
        - Non-binary language
        - Rabbinical Assembly teshuvah for calling non-binary people to Torah honors
        - Prayer for Peace
        - Prayer for the State of Israel 
        - Prayer for our Country


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

Aliyah: A quick course for family and friends

Guide to Kiddush
        -Please note: CBI is peanut-free and nut-free. 

Tue, February 7 2023 16 Shevat 5783