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Bat/Bar Mitzvah

 

Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, in his book "Putting God on the Guest List" wrote: "Bar and bat mitzvah is a sacred mountain in Jewish time. We climb this particular mountain because it brings us closer to God, closer to Judaism, closer to our people, closer to ourselves. And what modern Jews need more than ever, is a way to really be there at the summit of this holy mountain… Bar and bat mitzvah is among the most popular of American Jewish rituals….It is a glorious moment in the life of the family, the synagogue and the Jewish people."

Here at Congregation Beth Israel, we strive to ensure that each child and each family will experience the positive power of this ritual by helping prepare each child for success, and helping accommodate each family for this very special milestone.

 

Materials

About six months before your Bar/Bat Mitzvah your family will receive a complete packet of information and guidelines at your first meeting with Rabbi Lyon and Cantor Trompeter. To better assist and prepare you for this major milestone in your child and family’s life, a sample copy of the Parent's book is available from the following link:

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Information Booklet

Frequently Needed Bar/Bat Mitzvah Forms

Temple Bulletin InformationFriday Night Guide InformationSaturday Morning Information


Bar/Bat Mitzvah Prayer Sound Files

In order to further assist you in your Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparations, Cantor Daniel Trompeter has provided sound files for each of the prayers in the ceremony. Follow the link below and click on the prayers you need.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Prayers


Choosing/Changing Your Date

It will soon be time to schedule a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Date for your current [Fall 2013] 5th Grader. Invitations have been mailed to parents of 5th Graders enrolled in Beth Israel's Religious School, and parents of 5th Grade students at The Shlenker School who are Congregation members. A packet of materials will be available at the Parents Meeting in the Margolis Gallery, 9:15 a.m., Sunday, October 20.

A copy of last year's materials for the packet is available here.

When prepared, the new packet will include:

  • An invitation to a 5th Grade Parents' Meeting in the Margolis Gallery, 9:00-10:00 a.m., on a Sunday, in late October or early November. RSVP to (713) 771-6221 x311 or email Greg Tucker.
  • A letter briefly explaining the process of signing up for a 2015-2016 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Date
  • A list of available dates in the 2015-2016 year
  • A list of eligible students. The list is not made available to the general public.
  • A Bar/Bat Mitzvah Date Preference Form, on which you may request a Bar/Bat Mitzvah date.

Forms must be returned to the office of Cantor Daniel Trompeter, Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 N Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77096, by Friday, November 4th, the day after Thanksgiving. Those forms will be processed and letters confirming assigned dates will be placed in the mail on Friday, December 15th.

Should you have any questions regarding the process of signing up for a 2019-2020 Bar/Bat Mitzvah, please contact Cantor Trompeter's office as listed below.

Should you have a student who needs a Bar/Bat Mitzvah date in 2019-2020, please contact Cantor Trompeter's office for information on how to acquire a date.

Should you need further information please contact Cantor Trompeter's office.

713-771-6221 ext. 311

Cantor Star Trompter

strompeter@beth-israel.org

Greg Tucker - Cantor’s Assistant

gtucker@beth-israel.org

 


Classes / Tutors

After you meet with Rabbi Lyon and Cantor Trompeter, you will be assigned a tutor to help guide your Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation. Our Bar/Bat Mitzvah program includes 24 half hour private sessions with one of our excellent tutors, and group sessions with a tutor either on Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:00 at our Beth Israel main campus or on Thursday from 4:30 to 6:00 at our Memorial location.


Links

Navigating the Bible II: Online Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tutor

Need help on your Torah or Haftarah portion? This website contains background information and resources as well as the origins and customs of the ceremony, blessings, and much more.

Bar Mitzvah Gift

Azamra - Torah for Our Time— Information about traditions and meanings of this important life cycle event, weekly live audio class, Torah commentary on current events and more.


Suggested Books

Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah — Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

 

For Kids:

Putting God on Your Guest List - How to Claim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah — Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin
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