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We are delighted to welcome you to the rewarding experience of preparing for and celebrating a Bar or Bat mitzvah at B’nai Israel. Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a significant milestone, as children formally accept the values of our heritage and responsibilities of our tradition. Our children spend many hours discovering our history and learning to participate in Jewish life, and we are very proud to celebrate this transformational event with them.
We encourage you and your family to participate as fully in the entire educational process. Becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a transitional moment not only for your child, but for the entire family. Our B’nai Israel community is eager to support you and to strengthen your connection to the synagogue as a spiritual home.
Rabbi Jonathan A. Schnitzer
Rabbi Michael J. Safra
Cantor Josh C. Perlman
Cantor Ilana Wolpert
The Chod Media Center provides many resources for helping your child prepare for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Learn more here.
The planning process begins by selecting a date for your B’nai Mitzvah. Dates are assigned by calendar year three years in advance. At that time, families receive a form that they must fill out and return to the Allison Karasik, Assistant to the Cantors.
Subsequently you’ll contact our Events Manager, Beth Balinas (301-881-6550) to reserve a room the party at B’nai Israel. For parties at B’nai Israel, families may choose from one of our approved Kosher caterers.
For the full list of steps to plan your B’nai Mitzvah at B’nai Israel, please click here.
“B’nai Israel made Emily’s Bat Mitzvah one of our family’s proudest memories. Not only because of how we all marveled at how beautifully our daughter shined, but also because B’nai encouraged our entire family to take part in the service. Siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles participated. From opening the ark to reading Torah to carrying the scroll. It was a full family Simcha.” - Kim and Steve C
“This being our first and only Bar Mitzvah, working with Cantor Ilana through the process made the whole experience something we will always cherish. Not only did she have Sam prepared, but also had him very comfortable to be called upon as a Bar Mitzvah. Being members since pre-school, B’nai has become a place where our son now spends time going to minyan with his father.” -Lisa G