Bar/Bat Mitzvah Honors

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Honors

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    During the service, the sanctuary and the bar/bat mitzvah student’s home (if you are leading from home) will be on screen for the entire length of the service. Others will be brought in from the webinar when it is time for their honors. If you would like for any immediate family members (parents, siblings, etc.) who are not with you to be on the screen for the entire service as well, please list their names/relationship below:
  • Child's name as you wish for it to appear on the front cover of the program. (First, Middle, Last)
  • Child's informal first name for the program.
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  • Use transliteration and do the best you can! If you were not named at Schaarai Zedek and you have a certificate, please email a copy of it to Rabbi Weiss at mweiss@zedek.org.
  • Name of presenter and relationship to child
    (Example: Jacob Cohen - Grandfather)

    If the child will be given a tallit, the service begins with a presentation. This is also an opportunity for a short (less than one minute) speech to the child. While the parents can do this, parents will still have an opportunity for their main speech later in the service.
  • The honoree will be called to the bima to open the ark, returning to their seats afterward. If they cannot attend physically, we would bring their Zoom box onto the screen while the ark is opened.

    Please choose no more than three individuals (or couples). Add additional people by clicking the + symbol.
    Name of HonoreeRelationship to Child 
  • Names of child’s parents and grandparents (if desired):
  • While most students use our yad for their Torah reading, some families give the bar/bat mitzvah their own yad. This can be another opportunity for a very short (under 30 seconds) talk to the bar/bat mitzvah.

    Name of presenter and relationship to child:
  • Torah Aliyot
    Confirm the number of aliyot with your tutor. Bar/Bat Mitzvah will always be the last aliya. Parents are usually immediately before (second to last). Everyone participating in the alliya must be 13 or older, and each alliya needs someone Jewish who is able to read or chant the Hebrew.

    You can download the Torah blessings in Hebrew and English to give to your friends and family by clicking here.
  • Enter up to four people. Add additional people by clicking the + symbol.
    English NameRelationship to Child 
  • Enter up to four people. Add additional people by clicking the + symbol.
    English NameRelationship to Child 
  • Enter up to four people. Add additional people by clicking the + symbol.
    English NameRelationship to Child 
  • Enter up to four people. Add additional people by clicking the + symbol.
    English NameRelationship to Child 
  • 5th Aliyah - Bar/Bat Mitzvah Child
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    Name of child as it will appear in program
  • The honoree will be called to the bima to open the ark, returning to their seats afterward. If they cannot attend physically, we would bring their Zoom box onto the screen while the ark is opened.

    Please choose no more than three individuals (or couples). Add additional people by clicking the + symbol.
    Name of HonoreeRelationship to Child 
  • The honoree will be called to the bima to open the ark, returning to their seats afterward. If they cannot attend physically, we would bring their Zoom box onto the screen while the ark is opened.

    Please choose no more than three individuals (or couples). Add additional people by clicking the + symbol.
    Name of HonoreeRelationship to Child 
  • Name of Saturday Pulpit Guest

    (NOTE: A Board member may be invited by the family; otherwise, the default Board member for your date will attend. Please let the clergy assistant know ASAP if you have confirmed a Board member of your own preference so we may notify the default pulpit guest he/she will not be required.)

    Approved Pulpit Guest List
  • Names and relationships of those family members who have passed away that you would like to be mentioned prior to Mourners’ Kaddish.
  • If your service is an afternoon Havdalah please complete the following:
  • Families are invited and encouraged to join us at the Erev Shabbat service the Friday night before your bar/bat mitzvah service. The student will have a small part in the service and is also invited to join their parents and siblings in leading the candle blessing and/or kiddush. (If there are two services on a given Saturday, the morning family will recite the candle blessing, and the afternoon family will recite the kiddush). Please indicate if you plan to join us and let us know the names of the immediate family members who will participate as you would like them listed.
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  • The Union for Reform Judaism (the national Reform Movement to which Schaarai Zedek belongs and which runs our regional youth groups and summer camps) provides a $250 gift certificate toward future NFTY travel to Israel to all b’nai mitzvah students who are members of Reform congregations. They have started requiring parent email addresses of our students in order to provide the certificate so that they can contact you when your child is eligible.

    Please select below, giving us permission to share your email with the URJ.
  • We may have questions on details, such as spelling or missing information. Please tell us who will be the primary contact and how to reach you.