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Beth Emet is a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation seeks to create a spiritually vibrant, socially conscious, intellectually challenging, and deeply caring environment firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values.

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Becoming a bar or bat mitzvah is a very meaningful time in the lives of children and their families. The bar/bat Mitzvah service is a rite of passage marking the time when a child assumes the religious responsibilities of adulthood. 

At Beth Emet, we emphasize and value the child’s preparation and subsequent involvement in Jewish life as much as we focus on creating a very meaningful and proud experience on the day of the bar or bat Mitzvah. Our young congregants work directly with our Rabbi and Cantor, as well as with tutors, congregants, and our Directors of Lifelong Learning and Youth Programming. They are given opportunities to perfect their prayer and Torah reading skills, as well as to ask questions, which lead to meaningful answers. During the service, the child demonstrates knowledge of Jewish tradition and leads Shabbat morning worship before family and community.

As part of their preparation to become a bar or bat mitzvah, teens also complete a gemilut chasidim (acts of loving kindness) project. Read more about upcoming and recent b'nai mitzvah teens.

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Beth Emet is a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation seeks to create a spiritually vibrant, socially conscious, intellectually challenging, and deeply caring environment firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values.

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