Dear B’nai Mitzvah Families,
Mazal tov on beginning one of the most thrilling journeys of your family’s life. I can’t tell you how privileged I feel being a part of this important milestone and I look forward to working together in the days and months ahead. Please know that I am here for you and your family and feel free to be in touch at any time.
I truly believe that the B’nai Mitzvah ceremony is one of the most beautiful and ingenious lifecycle events that we encounter. At precisely the time when students experience a new stage of physical, emotional, and moral development, Judaism invites them to draw closer and to begin their own personal relationship with our tradition. It is especially vital then that our students feel supported and encouraged by their family and clergy.
The most beautiful part of the B’nai Mitzvah process for me is watching how it engages the entire family. My hope is that each of you will become involved in the process and let it permeate your family’s life. This is the perfect time to sit and learn with your child. If you lead by example, you will encourage your student’s progress and convey the importance of this life cycle event. Attending services together at Temple Israel will deepen and enhance the meaning of the B’nai Mitzvah celebration for your family. Show how much Judaism matters to you and, chances are, it will matter just as much to your children.
While many people use the expression that they are becoming “Bar or Bat Mitzvahed,” that term is not actually correct. It is not something that happens and then disappears, your child is embarking on the process of becoming a responsible and involved Jewish adult. Help them to understand that this is not the culmination of his or her Jewish life and education, this is just the beginning.
Cantor Ben Ellerin