B’nai Mitzvah Covenant Agreement

The following paragraphs explain our congregation’s commitment to Jewish learning.

It is our hope that you will engage in dialogue with your child about this commitment. This covenant is between parent(s) and Temple Rodef Shalom. We ask you to acknowledge your acceptance of this Covenant in order to receive a Bar/Bat Mitzvah date for your child. This indicates that you acknowledge our congregation’s value of continued Jewish learning. Bar/Bat Mitzvah Dates are assigned once this covenant is accepted by the parent. In becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a child enters into an age of Jewish responsibility. Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a time of celebration – in having reached this important moment in the context of the Jewish life cycle. Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a time of commitment – to continued Jewish living and learning. It is the belief of our congregation that part of fulfilling the commitment articulated at the time of Bar/Bat Mitzvah includes the continuation of one’s Jewish education at least through Confirmation in 10th grade and ideally through 12th grade. Jewishly, continued education gives meaning to becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah as part of the larger flow of lifecycle events (Consecration, Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation). Educationally, the teen years are the most formative in determining adult Jewish involvement and a time of greater cognitive ability for students to integrate Jewish learning and values into their lives. Jewish teens who continue their Jewish education are much more prepared to make informed decisions that will affect their future as Jewish adults and members of the Jewish community.To become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Temple Rodef Shalom asks that every parent acknowledge our congregation’s commitment to the Mitzvah of Talmud Torah – the study of Torah, and our intention that their child will continue with his/her religious education, at least through the 10th grade Confirmation year, and not abandon their Jewish education after their Bar/Bat Mitzvah services. Please confirm that you have read and accept this agreement when you select your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Date.