Bar & Bat Mitzvah

When a girl or boy reaches the age of 13 she or he is expected to assume the religious responsibilities of an adult in the Jewish community. At Congregation Beit Simcha, this milestone is marked by participating in a Shabbat morning service and reading from the Torah.

Students prepare for Bar or Bat Mitzvah by studying Torah and Hebrew and by developing skills to lead the Congregation in parts of the Shabbat morning service, by learning to chant from the weekly Torah and Haftarah portions, and by creating a D’var Torah, an individual interpretation of the weekly reading. Students also complete a Mitzvah Project in conjunction with their Bar or Bat Mitzvah, which is a meaningful way for them to show their adult commitment to performing mitzvot. In order to become Bar or Bat Mitzvah, a student must be enrolled in our religious school B’nai Mitzvah course. Families must be members of the Congregation and students must participate in the B’nai Mitzvah preparation classes. For more information on the B’nai Mitzvah process and to get started, contact Lori Riegel at For Mitzvah Project ideas, visit or read The Mitzvah Project Book by Liz Suneby and Diane Heiman.
Contact / Location

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123, New Lenox, Chicago IL 60606

Gathering Times


8:00am, 9:15am, 11:00am

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