Students in our Marilyn H. Tahl Religious School may become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at, or near the age of 13, after completing the required course of study. This includes several years of study in our school (or a similar school if the family is relocating), attendance at Shabbat services, and individual study with the Rabbi.
Candidates for Bar or Bat Mitzvah are expected to read or chant from the Torah and Haftarah, write a drosh (explanation) from the assigned Torah portion, and lead the Shabbat service at which they become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. There is only one Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebrated at a time.
Most Bar and Bat Mitzvah services are held on Saturday mornings but some families prefer to hold them in the afternoon, followed by a Havdalah (end of Shabbat) ceremony. There may be additional assignments involved in holding the service in the afternoon; those arrangements are made on a case by case basis with the Rabbi.
At CRT, we make every effort to give each child the opportunity to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah during a Shabbat service, regardless of disabilities. While there may be situations we cannot manage, most families who have children with varying abilities and challenges will find a welcoming environment at CRT.