Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Bar/Bat Mitzvah at The Shul of New York

When your child is ready to begin the process of becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, the Shul of New York is proud to offer Bar/Bat Mitzvah training to your 11- or 12-year-old who wishes to prepare to celebrate this important Jewish milestone.

During your child’s training, Rabbi Eva Sax-Bolder will meet individually with him/her to make this milestone meaningful, deeply moving, personal and to fully prepare them to become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  Your child will study with the Rabbi in order to work on Hebrew, on his/her Torah portion and on a d’var Torah, an original commentary that your child will deliver at the ceremony.

In close collaboration with you and your child, the ceremony will be tailored to meet your family’s individual needs and preferences.  And, of course, Rabbi Emeritus Burt Siegel is also available to train your child.


Social Action Project

At The Shul of New York, we strongly believe that doing a social action project dedicated to tikkun olam -- repairing the world -- is an important step in becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.  

With guidance from Rabbi Eva, your child will be asked to plan and complete a meaningful project that is of interest to him/her and to discuss it with the Rabbi and with you so you may be a part of the process.  The project can be as simple as following through on a commitment to do something at home over the course of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation to create peace in the home, or something that is broader, more complex and community-based.  This project is a required component of the training.  


Schedule and Fees

As you know, the Shul has a new rabbi, Rabbi Eva Sax-Bolder.  The Bar/Bat Mitzvah training program is under development with Rabbi Eva and we will post scheduling and fee details shortly.

In the meantime, please feel free to email Rabbi Eva or call 929-265-7485 (voicemail only), for more information.


Bar/Bat Mitzvah on Shabbat

We warmly invite you to consider having your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony at the Shul as part of a Shabbat Service.  It is a very moving experience for your family and friends to join with the congregation for this important celebration.  It will be especially meaningful for your child to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah surrounded not only by family and friends but also as a part of the Shul community.

You may choose to have the entire Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony during the Shabbat service or have your child take part in a service with the Rabbi on the Shabbat before or after your child’s ceremony, or another Shabbat of your choosing.  

Celebrate this important moment in your family’s life with Rabbi Eva and/or Rabbi Emeritus Burt, The Shul Band and the Shul community.  Afterwards, we invite you to continue the celebration with a special Oneg Shabbat.  The Shul’s Oneg Coordinator will be happy to help you with Oneg planning.

The fee for a Shabbat Bar/Bat Mitzvah is $750.  This is not a requirement of Bar/Bat Mitzvah training. This fee does not include the Oneg, or gratuities for the Rabbi(s) or the Shul Band, which are, of course, at your discretion.


Getting Started

The first step is is a meeting with Rabbi Eva.  Please email Rabbi Eva or call 929-265-7485 (voicemail only).


Note:  The Shul of New York is a partner synagogue involved in the Jewish Journey Project (JJP). Through our partnership with JJP, 3rd-8th graders, and their families, may participate in hands-on and engaging after-school, weekend and holiday classes to learn about Torah, Spirituality and Ritual, Jewish Peoplehood, Hebrew and Tikkun Olam.  JJP is a Jewish education program; it is not included in Bar/Bat Mitzvah training. 



Fri, 28 April 2017 2 Iyar 5777