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B'nei Mitzvah

A child becomes an adult in the Jewish community when they become a bar or bat Mitzvah. Our rabbis oversee the b'nei mitzvah program and work closely with the students, families, tutors and the ritual committee to ensure that each bar and bat mitzvah experience is meaningful and appropriate for the individual child.

Download the B'nei Mitzvah Handbook

The b'nei mitzvah handbook explains all the details of your bar or bat Mitzvah at Olam Tikvah. It covers everything from date assignments to honors. For more information, please contact Melissa Benson.

Some families like to create a program to handout on the day of the b'nei Mitzvah. You can find a sample program here. If you would like a word copy of the program, so you can fill in the information, please contact Melissa Benson.

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5783 B'nei Mitzvah Projects

Emma G. | September 10
Emma’s project is selling her homemade cards and donating the proceeds to Mobile Hope for a new program to create community fridges, or “freedges,” which help to provide free food to those in need. She also plans to help stock the “freedges.” Learn more at

Eliana L. | October 22
Eliana’s project is to become certified in first aid and babysitting through the Red Cross. She will be donating hours of her time as a mother’s helper to families with young children. She is also donating to L.J. Murphy Children’s Hospital which is the Children’s hospital of INOVA Fairfax. Please donate at

Alexa K. | October 29
Alexa is supporting Food for Others to help alleviate food insecurity in Northern Virginia. Donate at

Benji R. | November 12
Benji’s Bar Mitzvah project is collecting sports equipment for Leveling the Playing Field, which redistributes equipment to expand access and equity within youth sports and recreation programs in under-resourced communities.

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