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The Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony is central to the Jewish child’s life journey. Beginning in Grade 4, our Religious School and Brawerman Elementary School start preparing children for the ceremony—and to take their adult places in our Wilshire Boulevard Temple community and among the Jewish people at large. The process accelerates in Grades 6 and 7 with a series of meetings for the b’nei mitzvah (the plural form of both bar and bat mitzvah) families and our cantors and rabbis. We do our utmost to make all the ceremony preparations clear and as stress-free as possible; questions and discussion are encouraged at all meetings throughout the process.

The ceremony takes place when the b’nei mitzvah boy or girl is at least 13 years old, either during a beautiful Shabbat morning service at our historic Glazer Campus, the Irmas Campus in West L.A., or the outdoor chapel at Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu. Each family’s rabbi is chosen on a calendar-rotation basis and assigned approximately nine months prior to the Bar or Bat Mitzvah date. Our clergy are committed to spending significant preparation time with each and every student and family member. Students and parents meet with their rabbi to discuss aspects of theology and the requirement of the student’s d’var Torah, a written essay based on his or her particular parashah (Torah portion) that the student will present at the Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony.

For more information, please contact Lisa Alpern, Director of B'nei Mitzvah Engagement, at (424) 208-8971 or lalpern@wbtla.org.

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