Becoming an adult and accepting the commandments of our tradition is an important part of the Jewish life-cycle.  Temple Chai offers a program of education and training to help Jewish kids celebrate this significant milestone in the context of a small congregation with a flexible curriculum.  We will prepare the Bar or Bat Mitzvah in a way that is meaningful to the child and family, nurturing an interest in Jewish life that will last long beyond the ceremony.


Bar/Bat Mitzvah students will be fully a part of the Temple Chai family.  This ensures that, through the preparation for the service and ceremony, the child comes to recognize the value of community in the life-cycle experience.





  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah candidates must be Jewish and at least 12 years old.

  • The candidates' families must be members-in-good-standing of Temple Chai and have been members for at least six months prior to the ceremony

  • Scheduling of the date and parashah must be made at least six months in advance with the consent of Lisa Goldstein.

  • Studies in preparation for the service shall be coordinated with Temple Chai and/or a personal tutor if necessary.

  • The preparation and tutoring with Lisa Goldstein is $1,000 and will be invoiced to the family. It must be paid in full before the Bar or Bat Mitzvah date.

  • Candidates shall be deemed well-prepared and ready for the ceremony at the discretion of Lisa Goldstein.

  • Candidates and their parent(s) are encouraged to attend all regular Shabbat services and/or festival services and should attend Temple Chai services at least twice per month during the six months leading up to the ceremony.

  • The Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony shall be conducted as a regular Temple Chai service, open to all congregants in addition to the friends/family of the candidate. Any Oneg Shabbat, Kiddush or meal or reception immediately following the ceremony shall include all congregants. Parents are encouraged to include all friends and family of the candidates but to avoid lavish, extravagant receptions or displays.

  • Use of the Temple Chai facilities for the ceremony and any reception immediately afterward is included in Temple Chai membership. 

  • Any catering arrangements and costs shall be paid by the family directly to the caterer.

  • Exceptions to this policy must be approved by Lisa Goldstein, in consultation with the Ritual Committee and the President of Temple Chai.



Mail to:

PO Box 700187

San Antonio TX 78270


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