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Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley

What a Jewish Community Can Be

A welcoming and giving reform congregation committed to social justice, on-going learning, vibrant spirituality, diversity and the State of Israel
Yom Rishon, 4 Tishri 5778


B'nai Mitzvah Program

Our B'nai Mitzvah program is part of Temple Emanuel's esteemed Religious School and an integral step in our students education as they move into adulthood.

B'nai Mitzvah Practice Description

Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a Jewish rite of passage through which a young adult demonstrates his or her preparedness and commitment to take on the responsibilities of a Jewish adult and a member of the congregation. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah program at Temple Emanuel is a two-year commitment that requires the active participation of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah student and his or her family. The program is an integral part of the life of the Temple Emanuel community and of the Temple Emanuel religious school.

During the two-years prior to becoming a Bar/Bat Mitvah, the student attends courses on Jewish history and culture, ritual and prayer, and Hebrew. This program of study culminates in a ceremony during Shabbat service in which the Bar/Bat Mitzvah will be called to the Torah, read Torah and Haftorah, participate in leading the service, and deliver a derasha (teaching) on the meaning of the weekly Torah portion. In order to adequately prepare for the ceremony, during the year preceding the Bar/Bat Mitzvah students are required to attend a series of group classes and private lessons with Temple Emanuel's Bar/Bat Mitzvah instructor(s) in addition to religious school. Concurrently, the student and his/her family also attend private Torah study sessions with the Rabbi.

The student and his/her family are also expected to become engaged members of the Temple community by regularly attending services. Participation in Shabbat services, holiday services, and other Temple community events is viewed as an essential part of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation process as the student and family should be both knowledgeable and comfortable with the service. In addition, participation in the broader Temple community will enable the student to identify a community service project to be completed concurrent with the Bar/Bar Mitzvah year and can extend beyond.

Temple Emanuel encourages families to support their children's involvement and formal Jewish education beginning with our pre-k/kindergarten program and extending through post Bar/Bat Mitzvah studies as an eighth grader and through confirmation studies. While this is the recommended course of study, families who have not already made this commitment are expected to make at least a two-year commitment to participation in our religious school and congregation prior to becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah through Temple Emanuel.

If you are new to our community we are confident you will find that Temple Emanuel provides students and their families with a wonderful opportunity to explore their connections with Judaism, their family's heritage, and the broader Jewish community.


B'nai Mitzvah Forms/References:

Bulletin Bio of B'nai Mitzvah Student (Please EMAIL Bio to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

B'nai Mitvah Honors Sheet (Please fill out and return hard copy to Rabbi Romer)

Blessings Before and After Torah Reading

Food & Dietary Guidelines


For More Information:

Contact Rabbi Yael Romer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 845-338-4271 x 102.

Our B'nai Mitzvah program is part of our Religious school, and enrollment in Religious School at the student's grade level is required, with an additional b'nai mitzvah fee for the B'nai Mitzvah program.  Contact the main office for information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 845-338-4271 x 101.