Bar/Bat Mitzvah Information


BBM timeline

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General Information


Hebrew Naming Form – Please provide us with your child’s Hebrew name using this form. If you have questions about your Hebrew name or your child does not have a Hebrew name please contact Marcy at [email protected] for assistance.


Useful Things To Know About The Big Day – A guide to all the specifics of the Bar and Bat Mitzvah service.


Helping Family Guidelines – Information about what to expect when participating as a “Helping Family”.


Mitzvah Project Resource Sheets – These sheets describe the different mitzvah projects and guidelines for each category. Once you decide which projects to complete, please fill out the next form, “Mitzvah Project ‘Breet’ Sheet” and turn it in to the front office.


Mitzvah Project “Breet” Sheet – Please let us know what your Mitzvah projects will be by using this form. Please turn this in by the time your child begins tutoring.


Mitzvah Project “I Did It” – Please turn this form in 4 weeks before your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah so that we can learn about your child’s mitzvah project.


BBM Kiddush Form and Worksheet – As part of your final preparation, we require the information on this form to be handed in 4 weeks before your service date.




Service Information


Torah Blessings – This is a Hebrew/transliterated copy of the blessings that individuals say when they are honored with an “aliyah”. In our congregation each family is given 3 aliyot, though the first aliyah is given to the Bar or Bat Mitzvah child.


Prayer Leaflet – This is a copy of all of the prayers that your child is expected to know for his or her Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Your child will review these prayers and be tested on them during their 6th grade Religious school class.


Audio of the Prayers – This is a link to audio recordings of the prayers. These are a good tool for your child to use to practice the prayers that they are expected to know for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.


Service Attendance Policy – We ask that your family attend worship services during the year leading up to your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah. For more specific information please refer to this link.


Invitation to Participate – It is our custom at Congregation Beth Am to be inclusive of all family members, Jew and non-Jew alike. Please refer to this if you are filling out the service outline for your son or daughter’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Individual outlines will be emailed separately to your family prior to your simcha.


Parent’s Prayer Guidelines – We at Congregation Beth Am would like to offer families the opportunity to address your child with a personal Parent’s Prayer at the beginning of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony.


How to Prep for Your Meeting With the Rabbi – Please use the following worksheets to help you begin preparing your d’var torah.