B'nai Mitzvah Program (6th -7th Grade)

Mazel tov!

We are very excited that your son or daughter has reached this important milestone in their Jewish lives. A Bar or Bat Mitzvah literally means son of (or daughter of) the commandments. As a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, students become recognized as young adults in the Jewish community. They can read Torah, be counted in a minyan, observe holidays and traditions (i.e. fasting on Yom Kippur, keeping Passover).

Our B'nai Mitzvah program features:

  • Personal attention;
  • Study Groups with Melanie Biefel;
  • One to One Training with Cantor Green;
  • Mitzvah Projects catered to your interests;
  • Strong Connections with other Jewish families.

Our clergy and teachers are here to help your family on this spiritual path. We look forward to celebrating in this joyous occasion. 

Program Requirements



6th grade - Sundays mornings - 9 to 10:45 am or 11 to 12:45 pm AND Monday or Tuesday - 4:30 pm to 6 pm

7th grade - Academy - Sunday morning 11 am to 12:45 pm OR Monday - 7 pm to 8:30 pm

9 months prior to the b'nai mitzvah date - B'nai Mitzvah students are contacted by Melanie Beifel to set up an intake meeting with Cantor Green. Families will meet with Cantor Green who will explain all of the elements of the program. Students begin a four month class to learn prayers and HafTorah with Ms. Beifel for one hour, once a week on your choice of Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons. Ms. Beifel will give you the class times. 

Following the completion of Ms. Beifel's class, you will meet with Cantor Green once a week for a total of 10 lessons to go over prayers and learn your Torah portion. During this time, you will meet with both rabbis - Rabbi Marx once to discuss your d'var Torah; Rabbi Gerber twice to go over Mitzvah project and your HafTorah speech.


We have two great webpages on the Beth Or website to help your child with their studies.

Please visit our Prayer Center and Trope Tutorial.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Handbook for parents. - This manual is designed to answer many of the questions that you may have concerning preparations for this special day. You will find valuable information ranging from what knowledge your child is expected to master, to sample wordings for invitations! Please take the time to read this booklet carefully and bookmark it for future reference.

Students must go to 6 Friday night and 6 Saturday morning Shabbat services at Beth Or. Services at other congregations do not meet this requirement.

Students who transfer from another community will be accepted as candidates for the celebration of Bar/Bat Mitzvah provided they meet our educational requirements. It is the policy at Beth Or, as voted on by the Board of Trustees of the temple, that all students continue in our religious school through Confirmation at the end of 10th grade.