A Vibrant Reform Jewish Synagogue in Bergen County.

Temple Avodat Shalom

Serving northern New Jersey since 1952.

B'nai Mitzvah

Train up a child in the way he should go and even when he is old he will not depart from it.
-Proverbs 22.6

Becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is the beginning of a very exciting journey.
The Bar/Bat Mitzvah marks the moment when a Jewish child assumes the rights and responsibilities of an adult Jew. The Bar or Bat Mitzvah takes the role of the leader of the community service and fulfills the mitzvah of leading his/her fellow Jews in prayer. The young adult leads the service in both Hebrew and English. Our Bar/Bat Mitzvah also participates in the service as a teacher providing us with the interpretations and reflections on the week’s Torah and Haftorah portions.
At Temple Avodat Shalom, B’nai Mitzvah students must successfully complete a minimum of four years of Hebrew and Jewish education in the years immediately preceding their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah candidate meets weekly for private tutoring sessions six months prior to their date. Weekly meetings with the Rabbi usually begin two months before the Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
We have a comprehensive Bar/Bat Mitzvah Information Booklet that provides complete information about the program. It is distributed at a meeting when your child is in the fifth grade. You can also view the manual by clicking the link below.
Temple Avodat Shalom Bar/Bat Mitzvah Information Booklet
We encourage our children to continue their Jewish education post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah by attending TASTE (Temple Avodat Shalom Teen Experience) and volunteering at Hebrew and Religious School as madrichim (teacher assistants).