Our students study Hebrew as part of building their Jewish identity and in preparation for their becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a milestone in the life of the young person and our congregation. It is not just a ceremony, or an end point to their learning. It is the threshold over which individuals pass and accept the responsibilities of personal and spiritual accountability as a Jew. At Temple the child must be a minimum of thirteen years of age; however, there is no maximum age.
To Our B’nai Mitzvah families:
I am so excited to help guide you through the experience of becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah!
This experience can be an enriching and powerful one, not only for the student, but for the entire family. It is a time rife with opportunities for connections. There are opportunities to connect with your family and friends, with the Temple clergy and staff, with your teachers and mentors, with the Temple family, with the Jacksonville community. And especially with our Jewish tradition, our own selves, and with God.
Rabbi Matt Cohen