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.

 

 

Requirements

 

  • 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 Rabbi David Komerofsky.

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

  • Meetings with Rabbi Komerofsky are included in the membership commitment of the family, while personal tutoring fees with others will be handled separately.

  • Each candidate will have an adult sponsor from Temple Chai.  This sponsor will help the candidate write a D'var Torah and will be a resource to the family in preparation for the ceremony.  The sponsor may not be an immediate family member.

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

  • Candidates and their parent(s) are encouraged to attend all regular Shabbat services and/or festival services and are required to 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 Rabbi Komerofsky, in consultation with the Ritual Committee and the President of Temple Chai.

 

 

Interested in finding out more?

Contact Rabbi David Komerofsky at rabbi@templechaisa.org or 210.340.2090.

 

 

15316 Huebner Road

Building 3

San Antonio TX 78248

210.340.2090

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