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B'nei Mitzvah

A Blessed Moment in Time
A Jewish home opens its heart,
A child is born and its link
To the generations is proclaimed.
Today, that child, nearly grown,
Is called to read from the Torah
And is welcomed into the congregation.
May this moment in time be blessed.

What is Bar/Bat Mitzvah (plural: B’nei Mitzvah)? Bar/Bat Mitzvah is something you become. Technically speaking, it happens automatically when you come of age; but at Westchester Reform Temple, a child marks this coming-of-age through a process of study, social action, self-reflection, and religious service
We will strive to make Bar/Bat Mitzvah an enriching, positive, meaningful, and memorable experience for you and your family. For students with special needs (for example, learning or developmental disabilities), we will help to tailor specific requirements and expectations for the process of Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
We, the congregation and professional staff, together with the child’s family, rejoice in his/her entry into Jewish adulthood.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah represents a commitment to Jewish learning and living, and of dedication to the welfare of the Jewish community. Our community strives to “Raise the Bar” for Bar and Bat Mitzvah through programs such as Favors for Humanity (rather than distributing party favors, donating that money to one or more charities), Collecting and Connecting (families ask for donations of food, warm clothes, etc. when guests come to the service which are distributed to charities in the following week), and Food Rescue (donating untouched food from parties to local shelters). It is an extremely powerful process.
To learn more about this special life cycle event and the programs associated with becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, contact the Religious School office
at (914) 723-5224 or religious.school@wrtemple.org 

Click here to listen to the B'nei Mitzvah Prayers

Download the WRT B'nei Mitzvah Information Handbook


Service Information Form (required for scheduled Bar/Bat Mitzvah)