For families who are not affiliated with a religious congregation, celebrating a Bar or Bat Mitzvah presents unique challenges. Whether it is due to issues of time, distance or finance, many Jewish families are not members of the local Temple and many children do not participate in formal Jewish education.
You may be surprised to learn that Jewish law does not require a Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony. At the age of 13 (12 for girls) children become obligated to observe the Commandments.. However, in American Jewish culture, a Bar Mitzvah (for males) and a Bat Mitzvah (for females) has become an expected ceremony in which a young teenager accepts the responsibilities of a living a Jewish life. It honors the moment when a person ceases to be a child from a religious perspective.
Rabbi Lee can help you prepare your son or daughter for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony outside of a traditional synagogue. He can coordinate your child’s Jewish learning as well as creating a meaningful ceremony for your family to celebrate your child’s Jewish accomplishments.