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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.

Having an aliyah

5783 B'nei Mitzvah Projects

Emma G. | September 10
Emma 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.” You can buy her homemade cards in the Jewish Treasures Judaica Shop.

Eliana L. | October 22
Eliana is becoming certified in first aid and babysitting through the Red Cross. She will donate 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 collected 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.

Jonah and Micah V. | January 21

Jonah volunteered at a local chess club helping to teach young children. Micah mentored young chess players.

Ilana F. | February 18

Ilana volunteers at Olam Tikvah children’s services.

Zachary M. | March 11

Zachary collected gently used sporting goods for Leveling the Playing Field

Tyler A. | March 18

Tyler organized a fun karaoke night for all ages and requested donations for Fairfax County Meals on Wheels in honor of his great grandmother.

Aidan H. | April 1

Aidan collected donations for the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.

Zoe G. | April 22

Zoe donated 10 inches of her hair to Hair We Share and raised money to support the organization.

Aiden S-K. | May 20

Aiden wrote and handmade copies of a Mitzvah Journal that feature monthly topics, inspirational quotes, and a suggested activity or space to reflect.

Zachary G. | May 29

Zach volunteered with Food For Others and collecting food for Power Pack. Donate at

Jeremy K. | June 3

Jeremy cleaned up the Cross County Trail.

Sydney S. | June 10

Sydney is serving as a transport volunteer with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue (Join Lucky Dog's Youth Program! | Lucky Dog Animal Rescue), where she will help to walk and care for dogs who are waiting to meet their fosters or adopters.

Wed, May 22 2024 14 Iyyar 5784