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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 on 3 Sundays.
  • 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 Bar or Bat
    Mitzvah 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 with either our
    Associate Rabbi, Daniel Schweber, or our Director of our Hebrew High School,
    Avi Siegel.
  • 3 months before: Parent submits a write-up and photo of their Bar or Bat Mitzvah 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 Bar or Bat Mitzvah: Family arrives at Synagogue at 8:45a.m.


Click here to download the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Handbook.