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B'rit Mitzvah at Congregation Kol Haverim

B’rit Mitzvah means “Covenant of the Commandments” and does not specify the gender of the person becoming an adult member of the Jewish community.  As such, we will use the term rather than Bar/Bat Mitzvah or B’nai Mitzvah.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah means “one who is responsible for the commandments.”  The rite of passage marks the initiation of our thirteen year old children into the religious community and into responsibility for the understanding and observance of the precepts of our tradition.  The central feature of this service is our child’s taking the role of Shaliach Tzibur (worship leader).  In this role he/she leads our entire congregation in worship and in Torah study.  In so doing, our children fulfill the first of what we hope will be a lifetime of mitzvot as a responsible member of our Kehilla (community).  Your Congregation and I celebrate with you and your family as you journey towards this momentous occasion.  We wish you many happy and fulfilling moments as you make your way towards this important life-cycle event.

B'rit Mitzvah Handbook for Parents: CLICK HERE (PDF file) - Updated to 2022-2023

Our B'rit Mitzvah Handbook is now available online - click on following links to download file in the version you need:

Guide Topics Word Doc Version PDF File Version
Mitvah Project Ideas mitzvah project ideas.docx mitzvah project ideas.pdf
Special Readings Special Readings for Bar and Bat Mitzvah Celebrations.docx Special Readings for Bar and Bat Mitzvah Celebrations.pdf
Parents & Grandparents Readings parent _ grandparent readings.doc parent _ grandparent readings.pdf
Shabbat Eve (Friday) Bar-Bat Mitzvah Reading Bar-Bat Mitzvah Friday evening reading.docx Bar-Bat Mitzvah Friday evening reading.pdf
Order of Service Bnai Mitzvah order of service for handout-1.docx Bnai Mitzvah order of service for handout-1.pdf
Inserts in Invitations and Directions Inserts in invitations and directions.docx Inserts in invitations and directions.pdf
Bnai Mitzvah Pulpit Honors Bnai Mitzvah Pulpit Honors at Kol Haverim.docx Bnai Mitzvah Pulpit Honors at Kol Haverim.pdf


B'rit Mitzvah Tutors                                                                Peer Tutors are post B'rit Mitzvah students who prepare our young people to                                                                                                                  lead the prayers at their service.     


     Charri Goldman      Phil Schlossberg                  

Torah Blessings

Aliya Blessings (PDF file)

Aliya Blessings Sung by former Rabbi Craig Marantz

Blessing Before the reading of the Torah


Blessing After the reading of the Torah

Sat, April 1 2023 10 Nisan 5783