Adult B'nai Mitzvah
And what of converts and those who came late to religious observance who want to affirm their attachments to Judaism by devoting extra time to Jewish learning?
In the last 30 years or so, a solution has developed--a belated celebration called adult bar/bat mitzvah. Small groups of adults join together in synagogue-based classes for one to two years, studying Jewish history, theology, texts, and prayer, and learning to read Hebrew and to chant Torah and haftarah. The process of study, which creates a strong sense of community among the participants and often carries over into increased synagogue involvement, culminates in an adult bar/bat mitzvah ceremony where adults publicly reclaim their spiritual heritage.
At Beth Jacob, we have a thriving Adult B'nai Mitzvah program. At the moment, the class is nearing completion and is not accepting new students.
To learn more about the Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class at CBJ, contact Rabbi Ezray by email or at 366-8481.