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the harry & jeanette weinberg community function hall is a 3600 square foot (60' x 60') rental venue that is perfect for a b'nai mitzvah reception. You can cater your affair, bring in your decor and go directly from your child's b'nai mitzvah in the sanctuary, straight into your reception just steps away! With its soaring 21 foot ceilings, glass panels and warm wood walls it is a dramatic space to celebrate your happiest occasions. Speak to facilities manager Maria Cruz for information 203.267.3394 ext. 305
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mazel tov - let us rejoice!
Certainly one of the most recognizable life-cycle moments for Jews in America today is the time when a young person becomes "bar- or bat-mitzvah." At one point in Jewish history, this was not the case. The passage from childhood to maturity at the age of thirteen (in some communities, twelve for girls) happened without any fanfare. This is not the case any more. Becoming bar- or bat-mitzvah is seen as a critical time when a young person moves from being one whose choices in regards to their Judaism are made primarily by their parents, to one who chooses on the basis of knowledge what role their Judaism will play in their lives. This is a tremendous moment of pride and responsibility.
At B'nai Israel, we celebrate together with all of our young people as they make this journey towards adulthood in the Jewish community. The process of becoming bar- or bat-mitzvah brings an intense level of contact with our rabbi, music director, educators and tutors. We help keep the focus of this journey on the MITZVAH. To that end, all of our students are required to initiate a "Mitzvah Project" of their own, a way to engage in the positive task of Tikkun Olam—Repairing the World. There are a number of other elements to the process of becoming bar- or bat-mitzvah, though certainly the most important is seeing this milestone of Jewish life as one step along the journey, the transition from childhood to a form of maturity which brings along with it the responsibility to continue one's adult Jewish education. If you have questions regarding any element of this process, please be in contact with the office and they will direct your questions to the appropriate staff members. Read the B'nai Mitzvah Handbook!
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"Bar and Bat Mitzvah is what a young person becomes, simply by becoming thirteen. It is not an event or ceremony. It is not a verb, as in "The rabbi bar mitzvahed my son." Bar and Bat mitzvah literally translates as, "Son or daughter of the commandment." What it really means is "Old enough to be responsible for the mitzvot." Mitzvot are the commandments that a Jew does in order to not only live a Jewish life, but also to sanctify life."
—Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin, Putting God on the Guest List
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