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CBS B’NAI MITZVAH HANDBOOK FOR FAMILIES

INTRODUCTORY NOTE

We are delighted to welcome you into preparations for marking this important milestone in the life of your family. Our staff and clergy are here to help you through every step of the process. On the day of your simcha (joyous event), the entire congregation will celebrate with you!

For the b’nai mitzvah, this event marks a transition to a new role and relationship with the Jewish community. Becoming a Jewish adult provides new opportunities to participate in Jewish life. After becoming a bar or bat mitzvah, a person counts in a minyan (quorum of ten adult Jews), can be called to the Torah for aliyot (“going up” to the Torah to chant the blessings), and can serve as a shaliach tzibbur, the leader of prayer services.

For parents, this is a time for the whole family to engage more fully in Jewish life and learning. To help you along with this, we have added several community building events as part of the program. It is always wonderful to see parents studying Torah with their child, and we know that this has been a special and much-valued part of the preparation time for both students and their parents.

We look forward to accompanying you along this extraordinary journey. Mazel tov!

Rabbi Aubrey Glazer, Ph.D.
Henry Hollander, Volunteer B’Nai Mitzvah Coordinator
Rebecca Goodman, Director of Youth Education

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