Worship & Lifecycle


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.

Click here for Bar/Bat Mitzvah materials, including information forms, prayer sound files, a sample parent booklet, and more.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Materials

BAR/BAT MITZVAH MATERIALS About six months before your Bar/Bat Mitzvah your family will receive a complete packet of information and guidelines at your

The Hurricane Harvey Flood Fund

Hurricane Harvey left Houston and surrounding areas in a shambles, but the great people of Houston are banding together to help and heal. Your help is welcome and needed. You may send Gift Cards (Kroger, Target, HEB, Lowe’s, or Visa/Mastercard, etc.) to Congregation Beth Israel. They will be immediately distributed to area neighbors to assist in replacing essential items and children’s school supplies.

You may also Donate directly to Congregation Beth Israel by clicking here. All funds will go directly to aid those who need immediate help. These funds will NOT be held to be allocated later. On behalf of our clergy (Rabbi David Lyon, Rabbi Adrienne Scott, Rabbi Joshua Herman, Rabbi Chase Foster, and Cantor Trompeter), David Scott, Executive Director, and Bruce Levy, Temple President, we are very grateful for your kindness, generosity, and help.

Hurt has no shame and no label; we just need to heal one another.

Rabbi David Lyon

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