The Reform Temple of Forest Hills

B’nai Mitzvah

Celebrating our young adults as they embrace Torah and Judaism is a powerful and joyful occasion. A bar or bat mitzvah, which marks the passage from childhood to adulthood in the Jewish faith, is a celebration of Jewish identity and exploration! At RTFH, we recognize how important and memorable this milestone can be for a young person and their family.

Our B’nai Mitzvah services are tailored to each young adult’s individuality, personality, and learning needs. We celebrate each family for their diversity and uniqueness.

“B’nai Mitzvah” (the plural form of “Bar Mitzvah” and “Bat Mitzvah”)  means a “child of God’s commandments.” A B’nai Mitzvah service demonstrates a commitment to the 4 pillars of Judaism – Torah, Spirituality, Repairing the World, and Community.

At RTFH, our B’nai Mitzvah lead a service that is a culmination of their study, preparation, and connection to the faith, history, and traditions of Judaism. Typically, a student will chant from the Torah scroll, offer a d’var Torah with insights on that week’s Torah portion, and lead the congregation in prayer surrounded by their loved ones and Temple family. Following the service, the B’nai Mitzvah celebrates this milestone together with family and friends.

While many congregants celebrated their B’nai Mitzvah at age 13, some didn’t have that opportunity. RTFH intermittently offers an Adult B’nai Mitzvah class for those who are looking to celebrate this milestone later in life.

Read more about becoming a B’nai Mitzvah at the Reform Movement’s website.

For more information about enrolling in Religious School, contact Faye Gilman at .