LIFECYCLE

BAR / BAT MITZVAHS

Bar Mitzvah

Preparation for celebrating Bar Mitzvahs begins when Abi, The Rabbis’ PA contacts parents of boys in Year 5 (usually during the Spring Term) to confirm the date which is allocated based on their 13th birthday according to the Hebrew calendar. We are happy to share our list of approved teachers who will ensure that each boy is taught to the highest standard and is able to perform confidently and accurately. Instruction does not typically begin more than a year before the date of the Bar Mitzvah.

As well as the traditional Shabbat morning service, there are additional or alternative times to celebrate becoming Bar Mitzvah.

Bar Mitzvah boys can attend the morning service on a Monday or Thursday following their 13th birthday (according to the Hebrew calendar) when they can be called up to the Torah for the first time, and perhaps also lein. Families often provide a small l’chaim after the service plus there is an opportunity for family photos (as it is not Shabbat).

Bat Mitzvah

Preparation for celebrating Bat Mitzvahs begins when Abi, The Rabbis’ PA contacts parents of girls in Year 5 (usually during the Spring Term) to confirm the date which is allocated based on their 12th birthday according to the Hebrew calendar and to sign up for our Mothers and Daughters Bat Mitzvah Programme.

As well as the traditional Shabbat morning service, we also offer the following ceremonies which can be celebrated in addition or as an alternative.

For girls, HGSS has a range of Bat Mitzvah ceremonies including candle lighting on Friday evening, Shabbat morning, Havdalah as Shabbat goes out as well as on a Sunday. Families are able to choose which service they feel would be most meaningful (and of course practical) for their daughter. At each ceremony, the Bat Mitzvah Girl is able to deliver her Dvar Torah in the presence of family and friends.

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