This gallery of B’nai Mitzvah Innovations profiles cutting edge approaches to B’nai Mitzvah.

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Second, enjoy browsing through each of the snapshots in the collections.


In order to emphasize bar or bat mitzvah as one milestone along a Jewish journey, Temple Beth Elohim developed milestones for each year of learning, beginning with the consecration ceremony. In addition to consecration, other milestone ceremonies include receiving a siddur (prayer book) at the end of third grade, a Tanach (bible) at the end of fourth grade, and a yad at the end of fifth grade. Each milestone ceremony is created to be a “Shehecheyanu moment” with ritual and celebration.

Program Info

Grade levels: K – 7

Learners: Children (pre-B’nai Mitzvah), Parents, Siblings, Community Members, Extended Family Members

Everyone in the target audience is required to participate in the program.

Year Implemented: 2008


  • Becoming an Adolescent

About Us

Temple Beth Elohim

Wellesley, MA

1200 members

Reform Congregation

B’nai Mitzvah each year: 80