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.
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
Temple Beth Elohim
B’nai Mitzvah each year: 80