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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. 

An updated b'nei mitzvah handbook explaining all the details is available here. 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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5782 B'nei Mitzvah Projects

Katherine K. | October 2
Katie's bat mitzvah project focuses on collecting clothing and necessary items for people in need.

Spencer W. | October 30
Spencer hopes to help special needs kids learn to love the game of baseball as much as he does.

Emma E. | November 6
Emma attended the Storm Youth Championships in New Jersey and the Virginia State Tournament in Richmond, where she dedicated her singles/doubles matches on Sunday, June 20 to Alzheimer’s in memory of her grandfather.

Jane C. | November 13
For Jane’s bat mitzvah project, she will support Food for Others, a local non-profit that distributes food to our neighbors in need.

Ainsley O. | November 27
Ainsley is collecting eyeglasses for needy around the world. Donate your used eyeglasses in the bin in the lobby through November.

Abby K. | December 4
Abby has partnered with Stand Up to Cancer, to raise money for cancer patients and cancer research and to honor family members who have survived or passed away from cancer.

Jonah K. | December 11
Jonah will raise money and awareness for SEEC. SEEC provides a wide range of community support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, like his uncle Joe.

Natalie L. | January 8

Natalie assembled and delivered 100 winter-themed gifts to Fairfax Nursing Center to brighten residents’ rooms during the holiday season. This project was in memory of her late grandmother who stayed at Fairfax Nursing Center in 2020 and was always cheered up by crafts and a bit of chocolate.

Lauren H. | January 15

Lauren volunteers with the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation. Both of her dogs, Ranger and Cocoa, are rescues and this is her way of helping other pets and people rescue each other.

Miles N. | February 19

Miles is taking action to protect the environment by volunteering with Casey's Trees, a non-profit that restores, enhances and protects the tree canopy through a variety of programs. His family also sponsored a fully-compostable kiddush lunch at Olam Tikvah.

Sat, May 28 2022 27 Iyyar 5782