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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.


Our B'nai Mitzvah team is 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, Co-Interim Rabbi and 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.

Expectations for the B’nai Mitzvah process:

        - Meetings with Rabbi Ariella or Rabbi Jacob
        - 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
        - Rabbinical Assembly teshuvah for calling non-binary people to Torah honors


Mitzvah project

Program booklet

        -Please download a copy of this booklet to your computer before editing so you don't change the template: 
Sample b'nai mitzvah program.docx

         -CBI will print copies of a general b'nai mitzvah program for b'nai mitzvah so that guests who are new to a Shabbat service or b'nai 
         mitzvah can learn about the service. If you would like to incorporate this information into your family's program, you can copy and paste
         information from this Word document

Honors and roles
Amy Stein will share an honors spreadsheet with you. If you do not have this, please reach out to her amy@cbinorthampton.org.

        - Parents’ blessing      
        - Prayer for Peace
        - Prayer for the State of Israel 
        - Prayer for our Country

Aliyah: Guidelines for family and friends who are given this honor
Video showing how to make an aliyah 
        - Video recording of aliyah blessing before Torah reading
        - Video recording of aliyah blessing after Torah reading

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

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

Mon, July 22 2024 16 Tammuz 5784