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B’nai Mitzvah Timeline and Important Deadlines

Following is our B’nai Mitzvah Timeline and Important Deadlines.

  • 2 to 3 years before: B’nai Mitzvah dates are assigned at a parent’s orientation.
  • 1 year before: The students and parents attend Family Workshops
  • 8 to 10 months before: The student begins training to chant Torah and Haftorah.
  • 6 to 8 months before: The family decides on roles for participation in the ceremony. Arrangements are made for tutoring of other family members.
  • 6 to 8 months before: The synagogue office sends information about the different Kiddush options and pricing.
  • 3 months before: The student begins preparing their D’Var Torah
  • 3 months before: Parent submits a write-up and photo of their child, which will appear in the “VOICE,” our Synagogue newsletter.
  • 4 to 6 weeks before: Family meets with our Senior Rabbi, Howard Stecker, and may arrange a photo shoot in the Main Sanctuary.
  • 4 weeks before: Our synagogue office confirms family information for the Shabbat leaflet, for emails to be sent to the congregation, and for the synagogue calendar.
  • 1 week before: Student meets with Hazzan Brian Shamash for final Torah and Haftorah rehearsal.
  • Day of: Family arrives at Synagogue at 8:45a.m.


Click here to download the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Handbook.