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B'nai Mitzvah

A Message About Bar/Bat Mitzvah From The Rabbi

Mazal Tov on the upcoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah of your child!  This will be a great event for you, your family, and the community!  At Marlboro Jewish Center all our staff and many volunteers will join together to ensure that this special moment will be both positive and meaningful. 

 A Bar/Bat Mitzvah is both a religious ceremony and a celebration.  The ceremony marks the occasion of a young person reaching the age of accountability in Jewish law.  Although we know that our children remain children in many ways, we also see the seeds of maturity begin to blossom in them.  Judaism takes those blossoms seriously and nurtures their unfolding by treating them with adult respect.  When we honor that respect, and communicate to our children that we truly value our heritage and its traditions and laws, and that therefore becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a great responsibility and a great honor, then we, too, are nurturing their continued Jewish growth and commitment.


We honor your children, as you do, when we ask them to step forward and accept the responsibility that becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah requires.  As they prepare for their date, they will learn life-long skills that will make them feel at ease in any synagogue in the world, and as their Jewish knowledge grows, so will their Jewish self-identification.  While there is a large amount of material to be learned, new material will only be assigned after the preceding material is mastered so it won’t overwhelm the children, and we always tailor our goals to the abilities of the individual child, never pushing children farther than they are capable.  Whatever their level, we help the students live up to their potential so that, like the hundreds of B’nai Mitzvah we have worked with, they too will beam with pride both during and after their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, having earned the good feelings that real accomplishment brings.


 Your child’s journey to Bar/Bat Mitzvah is soon to begin.  We will help you to understand what lies ahead so that we can work together to make both the journey and the destination as wonderful as possible.


 With warmest regards,
 Rabbi Michael Pont

 

Tue, January 16 2018 29 Tevet 5778