Halachically (according to Jewish law), a child becomes a Bar/Bat Mitzvah automatically at the age of thirteen without need of a ceremony or celebration. At that age, a Jewish child becomes obligated to fulfill his/her responsibilities as a Jew.
In our modern world, we no longer send our thirteen year olds off to apprentice to acquire a trade or profession, nor do we marry them off. Instead, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration offers the family, the child, and the congregation an opportunity to recognize this important milestone in Jewish life. The service when we celebrate that simha empowers the family to affirm its connection with the Jewish past and to proclaim its commitment to a Jewish future. Please contact Leslie in the Clergy Office to let us know about your upcoming simha and help coordinate your event.