COVID: The celebration of B’nei Mitzvah at KBI continues in meaningful (and mostly familiar) ways at KBI during the pandemic. Cantor Green will discuss special plans and safety items with you in an initial family meeting.

B’nei Mitzvah

The occasion of your child becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah* is a very special time for you and your family, and for our congregation as well. At KBI we value the journey of each of our children as they prepare to become a ‘child of the Commandments’. We work closely with the family and the Bat or Bar Mitzvah student to prepare them to embrace their responsibilities for our Jewish traditions and the community.

Various formats and opportunities exist for learning and leadership during the celebration of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Cantor Green, our B’nei Mitzvah coordinator, will explain all the options in an initial family meeting. Throughout the journey, Cantor Green and Rabbi Kenter, with the support of Rabbi Zuker and the greater KBI leadership, will guide, teach, and support your child to ensure that they will be challenged without being overwhelmed, treated as unique individuals, and be proud of becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Our Executive Director, Elisheva Brantz, will be happy to guide you on building logistics, kiddush details, room rentals for parties, catering, and more.

Our B’nei Mitzvah program is a combination of:

  • Formal Jewish education in one of the recommended schools
  • Synagogue service attendance
  • Being a part of our Family B’nei Mitzvah Experience group
  • weekly private study with the Cantor using your own, customized Bat/Bar Mitzvah webpage and a proven home-study technique
  • A meaningful mitzvah project
  • The preparation of a D’var Torah (short speech on the weekly Torah portion)

To discuss a Bar/Bat Mitzvah date, or learn more about how KBI celebrates this special milestone occasion, please connect with Cantor Green.

*We recognize and affirm that some children identify as non-binary, and we will use appropriate English pronouns and Hebrew language (ie., “Ploni mibeit Plonit v’Plonit“) to reflect their gender identity throughout their preparation and learning process.