B’nai Mitzvah services are a lifecycle event in which young people celebrate their attainment of the age of 13, which is the age at which they are recognized as adults in the Jewish tradition. It is the beginning of their adult Jewish journey. This means that they are responsible and accountable for performing commandments (Mitzvot) in the Torah. B’nai Mitzvah means “children of the commandments.” At Temple Rodef Shalom, our B’nai Mitzvah students lead portions of the Saturday morning or afternoon service, read from the Torah (Five Books of Moses) and Haftarah (Selection of the Prophets). The student also provides their own interpretation of the scriptures in a personal reflection. It is a very uplifting and spiritual experience for everyone!
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