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From Childhood to Adulthood – Bar/Bat Mitzvah

02/13/2020 02:04:37 PM


Rhonda Kaplan

The Mikveh is an ancient tradition, dating back to biblical times.  Today, the Mikveh is being utilized in many non-traditional ways for, not only healing and recovery, but also for celebration and marking transitions.  The Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a unique Jewish rite of passage - marking a change in status from childhood to adulthood in the Jewish community.  This time can be exciting or scary for both child and parent.  Overall, it is a time for celebration and awe for everyone, including the synagogue community!

Immersing in the Mikveh is a physical enactment of a new beginning.  It symbolizes a fresh, or new start. Both the Bnai Mitzvah student AND the parents can have an opportunity to participate in this ritual.  The multiple steps in preparation for immersion, and the prayers during the immersion allows one to take time to stop and think about the meaning of the significant event – the Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  It is a reaffirmation of one’s connection to God and the Jewish people. When teens leave the Mikveh after immersion – they can truly say, “I am now transitioning to an adult – I AM READY!” 

The Community Mikveh at United Orthodox Synagogue is available to members of Congregation Brith Shalom for celebrating life events, including Bar/Bat Mitzvah. 

Please see Rabbi Teller or Cantor Levine for more information and guidance.

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