According to Jewish tradition, becoming a bar/bat mitzvah signifies that a child has attained religious maturity. This important step brings both added privileges and increasing responsibilities, including being counted as one of the ten (the minyan) needed for communal prayer and being eligible to be called to the Torah.
On the occasion of the bar/bat mitzvah celebration, your child will demonstrate his/her new status by applying many of the skills acquired through the years of religious study. These skills include chanting the week's Haftarah portion and part of the Torah portion, as well as leading the congregation in prayer.
Bet Torah wants our b’nai mitzvah to become a vital part of the Jewish community and expects them to engage actively in developing their Jewish identity. Many avenues exist for teens today including: attending Hebrew High School and congregational services; participating in Jewish summer programs; continuing family observance; and being active members of youth groups.
A Jewish child who reaches the age of 12 1/2 (for girls) and 13 (for boys) is automatically considered part of the Bet Torah community.
As a Conservative Jewish institution, Bet Torah is bound by certain standards of Jewish law for establishing Jewish identity. A child in a family of conversion, intermarriage, or adoption may require additional steps to affirm his/her Jewish identity before becoming bar/bat mitzvah. It is important that families in any of these categories consult with the Rabbi at this point in the process.