Temple Israel of Great Neck

Where Tradition Meets Change

Becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Welcome to this wonderful time in your lives! Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a spiritual rite of passage, a significant achievement in the life of a thirteen year old, as well as the life of his or her family. We believe that it is not a singular event, but a milestone in a child’s ongoing religious education and lifelong engagement with Judaism.

One year prior to your child’s assigned date, families will meet with Danny Mishkin, Director of the Waxman Hebrew High School and Teen Engagement.  Danny will guide you through this process, while helping to personalize this experience for your child and your family.  Once your child is in fifth grade, we encourage you to participate in the B’nai Mitzvah orientation and workshops:  both help you find meaning  as well as provide all detailed information you will need.

In addition to individual Bar/Bat Mitzvah instruction, Temple Israel offers rich classroom learning, engaging family prayer services, and ongoing opportunities for our children and their families to participate in Tikkun Olam/Mitzvah projects.  Temple Israel provides many opportunities for life-long Jewish education through our outstanding Beth Hagan early childhood program; our innovative, “Re-Imagined” Religious School; the dynamic Waxman High School and Youth House; and a rich array of adult learning programs through the Temple Israel Institute for Life-long Learning (TILL).

Click here to download the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Handbook.

Click here for the Caterer's Facility Confirmation Form.