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Becoming A Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Click to Download the B’nai Mitzvah Parent’s Planning Guide

The attainment of this important Jewish milestone welcomes our youth into the community and prepares them to take their place as participating members of the Jewish People.

Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah integrates participants into the religious life of the congregation through individualized instruction from our Cantors building upon the many years of learning in our Religious School or local Jewish Day Schools. Bar and Bat Mitzvah candidates learn the basic religious skills which help them feel at home on the pulpit and in the synagogue.

E-mail Beryl Saltman, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Coordinator or call 202-362-4433 ext. 121.


Bar and Bat Mitzvah Students

We encourage you to prepare a d’var torah for your special day and to participate in a meaningful tzedakah project as you begin to accept the mitzvot of a responsible young adult while marking this significant milestone in your life.

D'var Torah Suggested Outline
Tzedakah Project (see pgs 10-12 of the Planning Guide)




A series of workshops, mini-courses, and meetings for parents involve the entire family in the experience which culminates with a springtime bat/bar mitzvah family weekend retreat with one of our rabbis and youth director.

Download the B’nai Mitzvah Parent’s Planning Guide
Receptions for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs - contact Gail Mattison


Kiddush Sponsorship

Although your child’s bar/bat mitzvah may be a year or two away, I wish you mazal tov as your family begins to plan for this joyous and meaningful milestone. The entire Adas Israel community takes pride as each of our b’nai mitzvah chant from the Torah and lead us in prayer. Participating in a bar/bat mitzvah Shabbat service at Adas is always a cherished reminder of the vibrancy of our tradition and our congregation.

In honor of their child’s bar/bat mitzvah, each family sponsors that weekend’s Congregational Kiddush. The B’nai mitzvah planning materials that you may have already received includes the Kiddush information developed by the Adas Catering Committee. Our hope is that these new menu options will add to the festivity of your simcha, as the congregation comes together to join your family and guests in celebration. perpetuate Judaism, to enrich the lives of our members, to celebrate Conservative Judaism at its creative best, and to bring Jews closer to God.

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