Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Family celebrates combined Bar Mitzvah/Upanayana ceremony

A Kahal B’raira Bar/Bat Mitzvah is an exploration of what it means to be Humanistic and Jewish.

  • The student works with a mentor/tutor, completes an independent study and a community service project, and creates a meaningful coming of age ceremony.  Adults members can also become Bar/Bat Mitzvah following the same process.
  • Some ceremonies involve reading from the torah while others focus on the student's art, music, creative writing or other interests.  All are wonderful – each in their own way!
  • The process is integrated with KB's 6th and 7th grade Sunday School class, with the support of the teacher and the B'nai Mitzvah Coordinator.

In one example, a KB bat mitzvah student created a calendar featuring paintings and drawings done by Palestinian and Israeli teenagers including a statement by each young artist about their lives and hopes.  She sold the calendars and donated the proceeds to three relationship-building organizations – ArtsBridge, Hand in Hand Schools and Seeds of Peace.

Here's what KB families are saying after their child’s ceremony:

“My entire family was very moved by our son becoming a Bar Mitzvah.  The fact that the Hebrew, the prayers, all of the rituals, incorporated tradition but had integrity of Humanistic Judaism was especially important to us.”
“My son is bi-racial, and his mother’s family is African-American and not Jewish.  The theme of the service was being Black and Jewish.  I was told by many that it was unforgettable.”

Questions about the program?  Or do you want to discuss your families needs and interests? Contact

Member-only B'nai Mitzvah Resources.