Bar and Bat Mitzvah
B’nai Mitzvah are truly special for WJC students. In our tradition, young Jews do not “have” a bar or bat mitzvah. A girl becomes a bat mitzvah, and a boy becomes a bar mitzvah. It is not only performative; it is transformative. In keeping with this change of status, b’nai mitzvah families meet with Rabbi Jonathan twice a week (in addition to individualized tutoring), and explore what it means to take on this new and powerful identity. Families explore:
We understand that the date of the bar or bat mitzvah celebration is important to every family, particularly those with out-of-town relatives. In the early spring of the 6th Grade year, families attend a B’nai Mitzvah Class orientation to discuss the process of the b’nai mitzvah year. A worksheet is handed out with open dates that can be chosen for the bar/bat Mitzvah; families are asked to fill out this worksheet indicating their top three choices of date.
B’nai Mitzvah requirements are as follows: