Early in the 20th century, Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan (the founder of the Reconstructionist Movement) determined that his daughter, Judith, was equal to any boy who had come to him for Bar Mitzvah, and so the Bat Mitzvah ceremony was born at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism in New York in the Spring of 1922. The Reform movement has stressed the equality of the sexes since its inception in the 19th century, and did away with all sexist barriers in religious practice. Therefore, girls and boys celebrate their coming of age on their 13th birthday.


For the Bar or Bat Mitzvah, entering adolescence means that he/she will be expected to make more decisions on his/her own and will assume more responsibility independent of parental guidance or direction. This applies to personal responsibilities as an individual, as a Jew, and as a member of the community.

Our B’nai Mitzvah still need your help and guidance as they embark upon their studies. Through their Hebrew/ Bar & Bat Mitzvah studies, your child is learning how to take on more independence and responsibility. Your involvement in helping your child plan their practicing and learning about the torah portion together not only enables your child to learn and grow, but also will create a meaningful lifecycle experience for your entire family.

10:00 am – Shabbat Morning Services

Single BM services will conclude at 11:45am and double BM services will conclude at 12:15pm.

Food Policies for Temple Emanu-El UPDATED Jan.2016

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